Roy Hemming, a magazine editor, critic, author, broadcaster and music historian, died Sept. 11 in New York of multiple myeloma. He was 70.
Over the past 25 years, Hemming’s writings on music and the arts appeared in the New York Times, Stereo Review, Entertainment Weekly, Gramophone, Ovation, Keynote, Opera News and others.
He scripted and produced the New York Philharmonic’s weekly, nationally syndicated broadcasts from 1979-1991.
Hemming was a writer and editor with Scholastic Magazines from 1955-1975, and later was editor of Fifty Plus and Video Review magazines. He specialized in classical music and popular music of the 1920s-1930s, and was active as a consultant to New York cabaret producers and performers.
Hemming authored five books, including “The Melody Lingers On: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals,” “Discovering Great Music” and “Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop.”
Hemming is survived by his mother, Anna Hemming, of New Haven, Conn.