Tributes are pouring in this morning for Allee Willis, the famed and beloved songwriter of many pop hits. She was 72, and died of a heart attack suddenly.
Willis collaborated on many Earth, Wind & Fire hits including “September” and “Boogie Wonderland.” She also co-wrote the “Friends” theme song, “I’ll Be There for You.” She was nominated for a Tony Award for working on “The Color Purple” on Broadway.
Willis’s connections through the music industry were vast. She wrote songs with and for dozens of famous artists, and was a bit of an icon in that world. She also had Grammy and Emmy awards, and was a recent inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. On her Instagram page, she’s smiling broadly in every photo. This is a big loss for the music community.