27 Facts About Angelo Badalamenti


Angelo Daniel Badalamenti was an American composer and arranger best known for his work in composing for films.


Angelo Badalamenti is best known for his acclaimed collaborations with director David Lynch, notably the scores for Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks television series, The Straight Story, and Mulholland Drive.


Angelo Badalamenti recorded songs with artists including Julee Cruise, Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey, Pet Shop Boys, Dusty Springfield, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Tim Booth, Siouxsie Sioux and Dolores O'Riordan.


In 1990, Angelo Badalamenti received the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his "Twin Peaks Theme" at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards.


Angelo Badalamenti received a lifetime achievement award from the World Soundtrack Awards's Academy in 2008 and the Henry Mancini Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2011.


Angelo Daniel Badalamenti was born on March 22,1937, in Brooklyn, New York, the second of four children born to John and Leonora Badalamenti.


Angelo Badalamenti's father, who was of Sicilian descent from the town of Cinisi, was a fish market owner.


Angelo Badalamenti's elder brother was a jazz trumpet player who used to improvise with other musicians.


Angelo Badalamenti began composing music pieces in Kurt Weill's style.


Angelo Badalamenti scored films such as Gordon's War, and Law and Disorder, but his break came when he was brought in to be Isabella Rossellini's singing coach for the song "Blue Velvet" in David Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet.


Angelo Badalamenti composed the score for the film and served as music supervisor.


Twin Peaks would become the score Angelo Badalamenti is perhaps best known for, one that helped define the overall style and mood of the show.


Angelo Badalamenti has worked on the soundtrack for the video game Fahrenheit.


Angelo Badalamenti was composer for director Paul Schrader on such films as Auto Focus, The Comfort of Strangers and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist.


In 1998, Angelo Badalamenti recorded "A Foggy Day " with David Bowie for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody, a tribute to George Gershwin which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease.


Angelo Badalamenti had sent a demo of the song with his own vocals to the record company and Bowie was the first singer to contact him back.


Angelo Badalamenti received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Soundtrack Awards on October 18,2008, in Ghent, Belgium.


Angelo Badalamenti arranged, produced, and co-wrote some songs on Perrey's two solo albums for Vanguard Records using the pseudonym Andy Badale.


In 1967, Angelo Badalamenti co-wrote the song "I Hold No Grudge" for Simone's album High Priestess of Soul.


Angelo Badalamenti arranged the strings on two tracks on their Behaviour album in 1990.


Angelo Badalamenti was the arranger on songs of artists such as Dusty Springfield and Paul McCartney.


Angelo Badalamenti arranged Springfield's single "Nothing Has Been Proved" in 1989 which was written by the Pet Shop Boys.


Angelo Badalamenti conceived entire albums with singers such as Julee Cruise, Marianne Faithfull and Tim Booth of the band James.


Also in 1993, Angelo Badalamenti collaborated with thrash metal band Anthrax on the Twin Peaks-inspired track "Black Lodge" from the Sound of White Noise album.


Angelo Badalamenti composed the opening theme for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.


Angelo Badalamenti performed at a concert entitled "The Music of David Lynch" in 2015, in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the David Lynch Foundation.


Angelo Badalamenti died of natural causes at his home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, on December 11,2022, at age 85.