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Howard Ashman

September 12th, 2014

Born:
Howard Ashman

Genre:
Soundtrack

Years Active:
'70s, '80s




Howard Ashman

Biography

The songwriting team of lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken earned their greatest renown scoring Disney's latter-day animated classics The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Born in Baltimore on May 17, 1950, Ashman studied at Boston University before earning his master's degree from Indiana University in 1974. He then relocated to New York City, accepting a publishing job while moonlighting as a playwright. Dreamstuff, his musical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, was soon produced at the WPA Theatre, where Ashman served as artistic director from 1976 to 1982. For 1979's musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, he first teamed with Menken, also his collaborator on 1982's Little Shop of Horrors. Based on the 1960 Roger Corman B-movie cult classic, Little Shop proved an unprecedented success; the highest-grossing production in off-Broadway history, it earned the New York Drama Critics Award and the Drama Desk Award. The 1986 film version also earned Ashman and Menken an Academy Award nomination for the newly added song “Mean Green Mother From Outer Space.” With 1989's Disney release The Little Mermaid, the duo scored an Oscar for “Under the Sea,” repeating the trick two years later with the title song from the classic Beauty and the Beast. Sadly, Ashman succumbed to AIDS on March 14, 1991; prior to his death, he and Menken completed three songs for the 1992 Disney feature Aladdin, notching their final joint Academy Award nomination for “Friend Like Me.”

Top Albums


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Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.
Be Our Guest (Instrumental) Walt Disney World Official .. 3:33 $1.29
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Beauty and the Beast Howard Sings Ashman 2:16 $0.99
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Part of Your World Howard Sings Ashman 3:07 $0.99
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Sheridan Square Howard Sings Ashman 4:44 $0.99
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If I Can't Love Her / Be My Gues.. Wind Beneath My Wings 6:42 $0.99
6.
SpectroMagic Parade SpectroMagic – EP 14:16 Album Only
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Beauty and the Bees (Beauty and the .. Disney's California Adv.. 2:18 $0.99
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Les Poissons (From The little Mermai.. Magical Music 1:41 $0.99
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Under The Sea (From The little Merma.. Magical Music 3:16 $0.99
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Beauty And The Beast Romantic Whispers Vol. 3 3:48 $0.99
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Be Our Guest Magical Movie Music 4:07 $0.99
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Beauty and The Beast – from the Walt.. Beauty and The Beast – from.. 3:25 $0.99
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Beauty and the Beast (Work Tape And .. Beauty and the Beast (Speci.. 3:58 $1.29
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Be Our Guest (Score) Beauty and the Beast (Speci.. 3:29 $1.29
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Steps In Time Finale Disney's California Adv.. 3:49 Album Only
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Little Mermaid Medley Walt Disney World Official .. 9:56 Album Only
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Da-Doo Howard Sings Ashman 1:28 $0.99
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Bad Howard Sings Ashman 2:37 $0.99
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Rosewater Foundation Howard Sings Ashman 3:34 $0.99
20.
Mushari's Waltz Howard Sings Ashman 2:56 $0.99
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Cheese Nips Howard Sings Ashman 2:30 $0.99
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Growing Boy Howard Sings Ashman 3:52 $0.99
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Straw Boater Rag Howard Sings Ashman 3:51 $0.99
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Under the Sea Howard Sings Ashman 3:19 $0.99
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Poor Unfortunate Souls Howard Sings Ashman 5:11 $0.99

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