I’m heartbroken to learn that Bob Esty passed away last Thursday, Sept. 26th.
Bob was a close friend of Richard Amsel’s, and he was among the first people I interviewed for my documentary. The filming, which took place almost four years ago in Esty’s West Hollywood apartment, was filled with laughter, bawdy humor, touching remembrances…and more than a bit of singing.
For those who knew Esty, the latter will hardly come as a surprise. Esty has been referred to as “The Man Who Created Disco” – a musical genius who collaborated with Cher, Donna Summer, Sally Kellerman, LaRue, Billy Preston, Dusty Springfield, and Barbra Streisand. He was a music producer, arranger, composer, songwriter, and singer, whose work included such songs as “Take Me Home” and disco-era films such as THE MAIN EVENT, TH...
I just heard that Bob Esty suffered another stroke this morning, and is currently at the hospital.
It was a little over a year ago when I interviewed the legendary songwriter and music producer. He is a lovely, thoughtful, and charming guy, and my heart aches for him.
Please join me in sending thoughts and prayers to Bob. He's had a rough year, having lost his beloved sister, and, due to ongoing medical and financial issues, needed to move out of his longtime West Hollywood home.
Legendary Songwriter/Producer/Musician BOB ESTY has found himself in an unexpected transitional time of his life, and desperately needs our financial support...After decades of celebrating his music, we have reali...
Last November, shortly before the documentary was announced, I interviewed legendary songwriter and music producer Bob Esty in his West Hollywood home. He's a memorable guy, to say the least.
I had previously spoken to Bob a number of times over the phone about the project, thanks to a referral from my friend David Byrd. It took us a few more months to finally arrange filming, but in the end I wasn't disappointed.
Bob Esty's a giant in the music world, having worked with such talents as Cher, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, and on the Disco-centric films ROLLER BOOGIE and THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY. Esty was also among Richard Amsel's closest friends, so I knew he was going to be a critical interview.
It was also a colorful one. What surprised me most about our discussion was Esty's unwavering a...