If there’s a Grand Slam for the arts, this would be it.
Of course there’s that Holy Grail: add a Nobel Prize to the end of the list but apparently nobody has ever done that yet.
If there’s a membership card for this level of achievement, there would’ve been only 2 ever issued, for Richard Rodgers (1902 – 1979) and Marvin Hamlisch (b. 1944).
Rodgers of course was part of the famed Rodgers – Hammerstein songwriting partnership, who was responsible for the world-famous and much-loved The Sound of Music musical which started in 1959 and later turned into that legendary movie.
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Rodgers wrote more than 900 songs and 40 Broadway musicals and also created music for films and TV. His other famous collaborator was with lyricist Lorenz Hart.
1. 1945 : Best Song – “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair
1. 1962 : Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed – Winston Churchill-The Valiant Years
1. 1960 : Best Show Album (Original Cast) – The Sound of Music
2. 1962 : Best Original Cast Show Album – No Strings
1. 1950 : Best Musical – South Pacific
2. 1950 : Best Producers, Musical – South Pacific
3. 1950 : Best Score – South Pacific
4. 1952 : Best Musical – The King and I
5. 1960 : Best Musical – The Sound of Music
6. 1962 : Best Composer – No Strings
1. 1962 : Special Tony Award “for all he has done for young people in the theatre and for taking the men of the orchestra out of the pit and putting them onstage in No Strings”
2. 1972 : Special Tony Award
3. 1979 : Special Tony Award, Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre
1. Special Award and Citation in Letters for Oklahoma! in 1944
2. Pulitzer Prize for Drama for South Pacific in 1950
1. 1973: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score – The Way We Were
2. 1973: Best Music, Original Song – The Way We Were
3. 1973: Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation – The Sting
1. 1995 : Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction – Barbra Streisand: The Concert
2. 1995 : Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics – Barbra Streisand: The Concert
3. 1999 : Outstanding Music and Lyrics – AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies
4. 2001 : Outstanding Music Direction – Timeless: Live in Concert
1. 1974: Song Of The Year – The Way We Were
2. 1974: Best New Artist Of The Year
3. 1974: Best Pop Instrumental Performance – The Entertainer
4. 1974: Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special – The Way We Were
1. 1976 : Best Musical Score – A Chorus Line
1. Drama for A Chorus Line in 1976.