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Joseph Brooks (born March 11, 1938) is an Academy Award winning Jewish American screenwriter, director, producer and composer. He composed the mega-hit song You Light Up My Life for the film of the same name that he also wrote, directed and produced.

In October of 1977 "You Light Up My Life" reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 popularity charts where it held the top position for 10 consecutive weeks, which was then the longest run at #1 in the chart's history. With sales of over four million copies in the United States alone, the song ultimately became the biggest hit of the 1970s. It also hit #1 Adult Contemprary and was even a Top 10 'Country' single. The passionate ballad also earned Brooks a Grammy Award for Song Of The Year as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award and an American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers Award. The song was Debby Boone's first solo hit record and only Top 40 Pop hit.

He also composed music for the film The Lords of Flatbush and co-produced Eddie and the Cruisers.


In June 2009, he was accused of sexual assault by four different women over incidents that occurred between March and May 2008. He allegedly lured the women to his apartment to audition for movie roles.[1] He was indicted on 23 June 2009. He is currently being tried by Manhattan's state Supreme court for 91 counts and charged with rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act, assault, and other charges.[2] As of January 2010, his trial had not yet begun. The grand jury heard more evidence on 17 December 2009 because two new witnesses came forward.

Theatre credits

  • Metropolis (1989), West End musical – composer, co-lyricist
  • In My Life (2005), Broadway musical – writer, composer, lyricist


  • Invitation to a Wedding -- (1983)
  • If Ever I See You Again -- Director (1978)
  • You Light Up My Life -- Director (1977)


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