Billy Barnes | Composer, lyricist, 85

Posted: September 29, 2012

Billy Barnes, 85, whose varied work included satirical Broadway revues, Laugh-In routines, and poignant songs that became popular standards for Barbra Streisand and others, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Barnes gained notice for his comic revues, which began in Los Angeles and moved to New York and London in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They skewered targets from beatniks to television, and featured performers who moved on to prominence in TV and the movies, among them Ken Berry, Bert Convy, and Jo Anne Worley.

He received three Emmy nominations for his work on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the frantically paced comedy series that was seen on NBC from 1968 to 1973.

His song "Something Cool" became a jazz standard after June Christy recorded it. Streisand recorded his "Too Long at the Fair" in 1963 on The Second Barbra Streisand Album and continues to perform.

Mr. Barnes received three other Emmy nominations, for The Danny Kaye Show in 1966, the Goldie Hawn special Pure Goldie in 1971, and the 1975 variety series Cher.

- N.Y. Times News Service

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