Angelo Badalamenti, a versatile Grammy-winning composer who worked with director David Lynch and wrote the iconic theme for the TV series “Twin Peaks,” died Sunday at the age of 85.
He died of natural causes at his home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, his niece, Frances Badalamenti, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Born in Brooklyn in 1927 to Italian-American parents, Badalamenti was a classically trained composer and wrote songs that were recorded by Nina Simone (“I Hold No Grudge”) and Nancy Wilson (“Face It, Girl, It’s Over “), among many others.
Badalamenti first collaborated with Lynch for his neo-noir thriller ‘Blue Velvet’ (1986). Actress Isabella Rossellini initially invited him on set as a vocal coach. Badalamenti wrote the music for the track “Mysteries of Love”, while Lynch wrote the lyrics.
He went on to work on several Lynch films, including “Lost Highway” (1997) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001), which earned Lynch a Best Director Oscar nomination.
Badalamenti won a Grammy for the title theme for Lynch’s mystery television series “Twin Peaks” (1990-91), which became one of his most recognizable tracks, and later worked on the show’s sequel. in 2017.
Besides his television and film career, Badalamenti composed the opening theme for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
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