Hamlisch composed a great many movie scores. He also had a #3 hit in 1974 with a reworked Scott Joplin tune called "The Entertainer".  A family spokesperson says that Hamlisch, 68, died this morning after a brief illness.

His musical credits go far beyond just adapting the music of Scott Joplin for the movie "The Sting"..

 

Hamlisch composed more than 40 film scores, including Sophie's Choice, Ordinary People and Take the Money and Run. He won his third Oscar for his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for The Sting. On Broadway, Hamlisch received the Pulitzer Prize for long-running favorite The Chorus Line and wrote The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success. A news release from his publicist said he was scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tenn., this week to see a production of his hit musical, The Nutty Professor.

To refresh your memory, here is the song "The Entertainer"