Badalamenti was best known for his scores for numerous David Lynch productions, including Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks.
Revered composer and Grammy winner Angelo Badalamenti has passed away at the age of 85, according to a statement from his niece to The Hollywood Reporter
Badalamenti’s Niece also shared that the composer died of natural causes, surrounded by family at his New Jersey home.
The celebrated composer’s career notably included writing songs for the likes of Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, and Shirley Bassey, as well as the scores to David Lynch productions Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, and Mullholland Drive.
Badalamenti received numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to film and television soundtrack, including a Grammy in 1990, a World Soundtrack Awards lifetime achievement award in 2008, and a Henry Mancini award in 2011, the lattermost of which was presented to him by Lynch.
Probably the best song made for a tv show, maybe ever. RIP Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise pic.twitter.com/ruSRwmzP9y
— Jared Gilman (@realJaredGilman) December 12, 2022
Speaking to The New York Times about Badalamenti in 2005, Lynch stated “When we started working together, we had an instant kind of a rapport — me not knowing anything about music but real interested in mood and sound effects. I realized a lot of things about sound effects and music working with Angelo, how close they are to one another.”
Goodnight to beloved composer Angelo Badalamenti. 💔 We’re remembering his sonic genius with this beautiful moment from an interview on our release of TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992)—featuring a performance of "The Voice of Love" one of the film’s most memorable songs. pic.twitter.com/6Jk5VAByO5
— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) December 12, 2022
Badalamenti is survived by his wife Lonny and daughter Danielle.