Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Songwriter of 'A Taste of Honey' dies

Ric Marlow, the co-composer (with Bobby Scott) of "A Taste of Honey" done by the Beatles, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Barbara Streisand and many others, died Feb.28 in Palm Springs, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental in 1962. Three years later, Alpert's version won Song of the Year and three other Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy issued this statement Tuesday:

"Ric Marlow was a talented songwriter who dedicated his life to many facets of show business. The New York native made his name in music for co-writing the song "A Taste of Honey," which won a GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Theme for 1962. The song would later be recorded by Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass and earn four GRAMMYs for 1965, including Record Of The Year. Scores of others, including the Beatles, Tony Bennett and Barbara Streisand, would also record the song, and it remains a 1960s pop gem. Our condolences go out to Ric's family, friends, and creative collaborators."

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy