Disney legend, Alan Menken, best known for creating some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time, just celebrated his 71st birthday this past July 22.
He is the legendary composer behind some of your favorite Disney songs from movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty & The Beast, Tangled, Hercules and many more!
And not just that, he has also worked on many broadway productions like Sister Act, Newsies, Little Shop of horrors and the list goes on.
Alan was born in 1949 in New York City. In 1958, at the age of 9, he entered a junior composers contests, his composition was called “Bouree” for violin. You can see it in the picture above.
He started working for Disney in 1988, after a call from Howard Ashman. His first project was…you guessed it: The Little Mermaid!. This began his career as a film underscore composer, little did he know, this was going to get him two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song (“Under the Sea”).
After this, he started a long and magical journey with The Walt Disney Company.
However, before starting working for Disney, he also won one in 1986 for “Little Shop of Horrors.”
All of his work throughout the years, got him many awards including Oscars, Grammys, Tonys and Golden Globes. He has won 27 awards through his career.
On December 5, 2001 he officially became a Disney Legend!, you can find his hand plaque at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA.
Did you know Walt Disney’s birthday is also on December 5th? What a great date to become a Disney legend for sure!
And on November 10, 2010, he got his star on the walk of fame in the category of Motion Pictures in front of the El Capitan Theatre.
Alan Menken recently launched his own website! And is wonderful! Check it out at alanmenken.com, you can learn more about his life and work and even listen to some music while you do.
Picture Credit: Alan Menken