Spirit picks up Alan, Marilyn Bergman's catalog
New York-based Spirit Catalogue Holdings has acquired Threesome Music, the song catalog of songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman.Spirit has also signed an exclusive long-term worldwide administration agreement covering new and future works by the Bergmans. Threesome’s catalog includes such titles as “Nice and Easy” (popularized by Frank Sinatra), “That Face” (essayed by Fred Astaire), “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (a No. 1 hit in 1978 for Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond), and “Someone in the Dark” (recorded by Michael Jackson). Pact includes rights to songs from such pics as Streisand’s remake of “A Star Is Born” and her vehicle “Yentl,” “Tootsie,” “Sabrina” and “Major League,” as well as the themes from the sitcoms “Good Times” and “Maude.” Under the go-forward agreement with the Bergmans’ Alamar Music, Spirit will administer tunes from the forthcoming musical “Ballroom” and a collaboration with the late Cy Coleman, “Up Close and Musical,” commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Winners of multiple Grammys, Oscars and Emmys, the Bergmans have been writing together since the early ’60s, first in collaboration with late composer Lew Spence. Longtime key cleffers for Streisand, they also penned music for the features “In the Heat of the Night,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Summer of ’42″ and “Same Time Next Year.” Marilyn Bergman served as president and chair of ASCAP for 15 years before stepping down last year. Alan Bergman is a member of the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board.