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Hal Willner gained a cult following, “revered by a small but passionate confederacy of aficionados, critics and musicians”

Hal Willner, Saturday Night Live’s longtime music producer, was a true veteran of the music industry. He died one day after his 64th birthday after suffering from symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Tom Waits pens touching letter to beloved, eccentric music producer, Hal Willner

Saturday Night Live’s longtime music producer, Hal Willner, received condolence messages from Metallica and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

John Prine Hal Willner Ellis Marsalis Adam Schlesinger KCRW DJ @ericjlawrence  remembers artists we've lost to COVID-19.

Hal Willner was best known for assembling diverse casts of performers, including Rufus Wainwright and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, to play a slightly off-center body of work, such as the Disney songbook or the music of Nino Rota

“Hal was the wry and soulful and mysterious historical rememberer," Tom Waits says in his tribute to Hal Willner

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@TomWaits  Writes Moving Tribute to Hal Willner, ‘Lamb and Black Sheep, Lover of the Afflicted and the Blessed’


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The music producer Hal Willner, who for decades selected the music used in "Saturday Night Live" sketches, has died at the age of 64. He had symptoms consistent with those caused by COVID-19.

Film and TV music producer Hal Willner, who worked many years on #SaturdayNightLive , has died at age 64 apparently due to coronavirus complications, according to multiple reports

Flashback: Hal Willner recruits Leonard Cohen and Sonny Rollins for a staggeringly cool version of "Who by Fire" in 1989

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Hal Willner R.I.P. All I can say is thanks for everything. Will miss you friend.

Watch ‘Saturday Night Live’'s loving tribute to longtime music maestro Hal Willner, featuring Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon and more @nbcsnl 

Generations of "Saturday Night Live" talent are paying tribute to Hal Willner, who has died at age 64. He was a longtime staff member of the show who is being remembered for his lovable weirdness as much as his musical genius.

Hal Willner, the veteran music producer and longtime 'Saturday Night Live' staffer, has died at age 64

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If you don't know how wonderfully weird and prolific Hal Willner was, here's a great NY Times profile.