Stephen Jay Lawrence, a musical genius whose credits included 1972’s “Free to Be… You and Me” and a prolific run on “Sesame Street”, died at the age of 82 at Clara Mass Medical Center in New Jersey Gone.
His death was confirmed to Variety by his wife, Cantor Kathy Lawrence, reports Variety.com.
Born on September 5, 1939, Stephen Jay Lawrence has achieved a body of work as a composer that spanned more than five decades.
Stephen J Lawrence is best known for his work on the Gold album Free to Be… You and Me with Bruce Hart as his music director and co-producer.
Lawrence Composed the album’s title song as well as the tracks ‘When We Grow Up’ and ‘Sisters and Brothers’.
Lawrence also served as composer, music director, arranger and conductor on the children’s television series “Sesame Street” for over 30 years, in which she performed over 300 songs for the program, including “Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)”. and produced the score, which he co-wrote with David Axelrod.
He received three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition during his stint on the show.
Lawrence’s other credits include the score for 1979’s “Sooner or Later” and its single “You Take My Breath Away”.
Stephen Jay Lawrence also composed music for ‘Bang the Drum Slowly’, ‘One Summer Love’, ‘Alice, Sweet Alice’, 1987’s ‘Red Riding Hood’ and the animated musical ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’.
Lawrence also served as music director at Temple Sinai in Stamford, Connecticut from 2003 to 2022.
Stephen J Lawrence is survived by his wife Cantor Kathy Lawrence; brother Robert, daughter Hannah Jones Anderson; son-in-law Seth Anderson; grandson Arthur; and stepson Sam and Nick Kline.
A private backyard memorial service will be held on Saturday.