William Leon "Billy" Goldenberg (born February 10, 1936, Brooklyn, New York City) is a Jewish American composer most known for his work on television and film.

Among his most noteworthy, were his collaborations with Steven Spielberg on his telefilms (in particular, Duel) and his seven-episode contribution toward the NBC Mystery Movie detective series Columbo. He composed the theme music for several popular televisions shows including Kojak, Rhoda, and Our House. He also composed the scores to countless of films and made-for-TV movies; including Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, 18 Again!, Guilty Conscience, Helter Skelter, The Legend of Lizzie Borden and hundreds others.

He served as Musical Director for Elvis Presley's Comeback Special, The Ann Margaret Show, An Evening with Diana Ross and others.

He was awarded an Emmy in 1975 for the series "Benjamin Franklin" and again i 1978 for the mini-series "King". He has received twenty-two Emmy nominations in total.

He served a musical accompaniest for An Evening with Elaine May and Mike Nichols. He was also the composer of the Michael Bennett-directed Broadway musical Ballroom, based on the television special Queen of the Stardust Ballroom which he also composed., . He was co-creator and accompanist of Bea Arthur on Broadway- Just Between Friends, which received a Tony nomination and toured extensively through the US, UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa. In September of 2009, he Executive Produced a star-studded Broadway tribute to Arthur, a friend of over 30 years, who passed in April 2009.

His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Bea Arthur, and Dorothy Loudon amongst others.

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