Joseph Brooks, 73, the Oscar winning composer of the mega-hit song, "You Light Up My Life", was found dead yesterday in his New York apartment of an apparent suicide. Brooks became famous when he wrote "You Light Up My Life", which stayed at #1 on the pop charts for 10 consecutive weeks in 1977, at that time the record for a song's stay at #1. The hit song, sung by Debby Boone, ultimately became the biggest song of the 1970's.
Brooks had awaiting trial on charges of 82 sex crimes, he apparently lured women to his apartment under the guise of auditioning them for movie roles. Wow. Had this guy never heard of Match.com?
"You Light Up My Life" won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1978, and after it appeared in the movie of the same name, directed by Brooks, it won the Oscar for Best Song.