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Angelo Badalamenti (born March 22, 1937) is a music composer, best known for his movie soundtrack work for movie director David Lynch.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York to an American mother and an Italian father and spent much of his childhood listening to opera and classical music. He studied at the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music where he earned a master's degree in music. He scored films such as Gordon's War, and Law and Disorder, but his big break came when he was brought in to be Isabella Rossellini's singing coach for the song "Blue Velvet" in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet. Rossellini was supposed to sing "Song to the Siren", but Lynch was unable to secure the rights to use it. Badalamenti and Lynch collaborated to write "Mysteries of Love", using lyrics Lynch wrote and Badalamenti's music. Lynch asked Badalamenti to appear in the film as the piano player in the club where Rossellini's character performs. This film would be the first of many projects they would work together on.