Angelo Badalamenti dead at 85: Twin Peaks composer dies months after the tragic death of the show’s titular singer Julee Cruise

THE composer behind the theme music for hit series Twin Peaks has died at the age of 85.

Angelo Badalamenti’s death comes just months after Julee Cruise, another musician on Twin Peaks, died at the age of 65 following health struggles.

Famous composer Angelo Badalamenti has died at the age of 85, according to his family

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Famous composer Angelo Badalamenti has died at the age of 85, according to his familyPhoto credit: Getty
The musician composed the theme song for the hit series Twin Peaks

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The musician composed the theme song for the hit series Twin PeaksPhoto credit: Getty

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Badalamenti worked on Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive.

He composed the theme song music for ABC’s Twin Peaks, NBC’s Profiler, Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio and the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, the Hollywood Reporter noted.

During his impressive career he has worked with Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Bassey, Patti Austin, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithfull, Liza Minnelli, Mel Tillis and Roberta Flack, Pet Shop Boys, Anthrax, Dolores O’Riordan, Tim Booth and LL Cool J.

Badalamenti’s other credits include Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Lost Highway, The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive.

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His work on Twin Peaks earned him a GRAMMY and three Emmy nominations.

His niece, Frances Badalamenti, told the outlet that Angelo died of natural causes at his home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, on Sunday.

He is surrounded by his family, she said.

Badalamenti is survived by his wife, daughter Danielle and niece.

EARLY LIFE

Badalamenti was born in Brooklyn in 1937 and grew up there.

His father, a Sicilian immigrant, owned a fish market.

His uncle Vinnie Badale played trumpet with Benny Goodman and Harry James.

One day Badalamenti heard “What’ll I Do” by Irving Berlin and the song brought tears to his eyes as he played it over and over.

He played piano and french horn in high school and attended college on a scholarship at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

He transferred to the Manhattan School of Music and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1960.

Badalamenti told Believer Magazine in 2019 that he spent summers in college with singers in the Catskill Mountains.

“I had to play a lot of standards, so I learned a pretty wide range of music,” he said.

“I had to learn them very quickly, and learning so many different styles of music was a tremendous help later in my career.”

A BIG BREAK

After college, Badalamenti got a teaching position in Brooklyn.

He composed a Christmas musical for his students that was broadcast on PBS’ WNET.

Badalamenti got a job as a music publisher and wrote songs for various artists.

He co-wrote the songs “Hold No Grudge” and “He Ain’t Comin’ Home No More” with John Clifford.

Other titles include “Face It Girl”, “It’s Over” and a country song with Norman Mailer called “You’ll Come Back (You Always Do)”.

Later titles Badalamenti worked on include: The Comfort of Strangers, Forever Mine, Auto Focus, Dominion, The City of Lost Children, A Very Long Engagement, Holy Smoke, The Beach, Cabin Fever, Dark Water and Stalingrad Hollywood -Reporter.

His music can also be heard on Weeds, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Cousins, Naked in New York, Arlington Road, Secretary, The Wicker Man and A Late Quartet.

MEET TRIBUTE

Badalamenti’s grandnephew took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late singer.

“My great-uncle Angelo Badalamenti crossed the barrier to another plane of existence,” he wrote.

“He was always the most interesting man in the world for me.

“A true musical and artistic inspiration for me and countless others.

“Remained true to his roots and family and never left North Jersey for LA.

“Not to mention the casual but mind-blowing true stories from his life that he never ran out of. He will truly be missed by many.

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“Chi ha vissuto una buona vita ha una buona morte.”
(He who has lived a good life has a good death.)”

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