Simon & Schuster to Publish Memoir by Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager

New York, NY, March 22, 2016―Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager’s memoir, They’re Playing Our Song, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster, publisher Jonathan Karp announced today.

For five decades, Carole Bayer Sager has been among the most admired and successful songwriters at work, responsible for lyrics to “Nobody Does It Better,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,”  “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and the theme from the movie Arthur, “The Best That You Can Do.” In her memoir, she describes her many collaborations, including work with Peter Allen, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, and Frank Sinatra.

Her relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch was the basis of the long-running hit musical, They’re Playing Our Song, for which she wrote the lyrics.  And her work with composer Burt Bacharach, to whom she was also married for ten years, produced pop standards such as “On My Own” and “That’s What Friends Are For” (inspired by her  friendship with Elizabeth Taylor), which raised over two million dollars for AIDS research.

“Before I read this memoir, I knew many of Carole Bayer Sager’s songs,” said Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, “but I had no idea there were so many compelling stories behind them.”

While her professional life was filled with success and fascinating people, her personal life was far more difficult and dramatic. In They’re Playing Our Song, Carole Bayer Sager tells the surprisingly frank and darkly humorous story of a woman whose sometimes crippling fears and devastating relationships inspired many of the songs she would ultimately write.

“Writing this memoir was a labor of love for me, except for the times when it wasn’t,” said Carole Bayer Sager.

Simon & Schuster acquired audio and English-language rights to They’re Playing Our Song from Carole Bayer Sager’s literary representative, Amanda Urban at International Creative Management.  The publication date will be October 18, 2016.


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About Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager has written more than 400 songs. She has received an Oscar, two Golden Globe Awards, and a combined fifteen nominations, including a  Grammy win for Song of the Year. She recorded three solo albums and with Marvin Hamlisch wrote the hit Broadway musical, They’re Playing Our Song. With  Peter  Allen she co-wrote half of the songs used in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz, which starred Hugh Jackman and told the story of Peter’s life. She is a  member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and was awarded a Star on Hollywood Boulevard.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Robert Daly, and share their bed with three unruly dogs who are unimpressed with their accomplishments.

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