Perry Botkin Jr., the Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning film and television composer The young and the restless theme, is dead. Botkin’s friend and The happy days of Garry Marshall Writer John Scheinfeld announced the musician’s death on Facebook, pointing out that he passed away on Monday. He was 87 years old.
“Today I share the news that the man who discovered Harry (Nilsson) and signed him his first publishing contract, a gentleman and gentleman named Perry Botkin, passed away on Monday at the age of 87,” Scheinfeld wrote . “Perry was a beautifully talented songwriter, arranger, producer and storyteller, perhaps best known for composing the Grammy-winning Nadia theme for the CBS soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless.’
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Born in New York City on April 16, 1933, Botkin began his musical career in Los Angeles as a trombone in a high school jazz quartet. His musical passions took him to Indiana University and eventually to the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he pursued the film rating program.
The son of The Beverly Hillbillies composer Perry Botkin Sr., Botkin began his foray into the entertainment industry in 1956, where he appeared as Bunny Botkin in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. However, his first musical project came in 1958, where he helped create the soundtrack of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. His first composition credit came in 1965 for My brother the angel.
Some of the most notable titles featuring Botkin’s works include Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, Adam’s Rib and The Smothers Brothers Show. However, Botkin is best known for his work “Nadia’s Theme”, which he composed with Barry De Vorzon.
The delicate, yet dramatic, number gained popularity during CBS ‘debut’ The young and the restless in 1973. However, the number launched into greater notoriety when ABC’s Great world of sport featured the song in a montage for the 1976 Summer Olympics that featured Romanian gymnast Nadia Comāneci’s gold-worthy routines.
Botkin’s won a Grammy, shared with Harry Betts, for best instrumental arrangement. Mary J. Blige even sampled “Nadia’s Theme” for her hit “No More Drama”.
The composer’s cinematic work included scores for Go south, Skyjacked and They only kill their masters. In 1972, Botkin and De Vorzon scored Best Music, Original Song Oscar nomination for Bless the beasts and the children.
The survivors are Liza, Botkin’s wife, her son David and her grandson Daniel Tyler Botkin.