Allee Willis, “Friends”, Theme Song Writer Dead At 72
Allee Willis, the writer of the theme song “I’ll Be There For You” in popular TV Series, “friends”, has died at the age of 72. She is also known for singing Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic “September” and the news was announced by the Songwriters Hall of Fame yesterday.
In a report by TMZ, Allee died after reportedly having a cardiac arrest on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. It’s unclear if she had been suffering from other ailments.
Willis who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2018 is credited with tons of iconic songs that have been relevant from generation to generation.
The “Friends” theme song earned an Emmy Nomination for Willis, however, she lost to the theme of “Star Trek: Voyager.” In addition to writing The Rembrandts’ most famous song, Willis also wrote the EW&F classic “Boogie Wonderland.”
She co-wrote the Broadway musical “The Color Purple.” In fact, Willis was so prolific, she became the first woman and the fifth person ever to have written music for 2 shows opening on Broadway in the same season. In 2006, seven of her hits were featured in the Earth, Wind & Fire-themed musical “Hot Feet.”
Willis was born and grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and said she liked to hang out outside Motown Records to listen to the recording artists play. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a journalism major and sorority member.
After college, she worked as a secretary at Columbia Records in New York. Her first and only album, Childstar, did not sell well, and she stopped performing because she did not enjoy it. She worked at a comedy club and hung posters for four years before meeting Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, with whom she wrote the lyrics for her first big hit, September.