Michael Lehmann Boddicker

2003 - Composer

Grammy award winning composer Michael Lehmann Boddicker grew up in Cedar Rapids; part of a very musical family. His parents owned music stores in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Iowa City. His mother was a nationally recognized accordion teacher and player.

Boddicker played in a band on weekends in the late 1960s and early 70s called the Highlads. Boddicker attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids for two years, taking every music course available. Then in 1972, he loaded his van and headed for California where he would make an impact on music that will never be forgotten.

Working with some of the most demanding and respected people in the music and film industry – Maurice Jarre, Basil Poledouris, John Williams, David Foster, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Lionel Ritchie, Quincy Jones, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson – Boddicker has earned the status as one of the most prolific, innovative and experienced artists and composers in the music industry today.

He has scored numerous films, written compositions for commercials and films, written songs, produced records, TV, record and commercial projects as well as owning commercial recording facilities and musical instrument rental companies in Los Angeles and Nashville.

Among his countless awards are credits are: 1983 Grammy for composing “Imagination” the soundtrack for the film “Flashdance”; Grammy for “The Natural” album which also received an Academy Award nomination for best musical score (produced by Boddicker, Lenny Waronker, Randy Newman and David Foster); National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Emeritus Most Valuable Player Award (presented for consistently outstanding performance as a synthesist in 1980-81, 81-82, 83-84, Emeritus 1984-85; Keyboard Magazine Reader’s Poll Award as “Best Studio Synthesist” in 1986 and 1987;designed, invented and programmed sounds and sound effects and played on hundreds of film, Keyboard Magazine Reader’s Poll Award as “Best Session Player” 1988; Doctor of Music from Coe College.

Dr. Boddicker’s composing credits include films as diverse as the electronic score for “Buckaroo Banzai”, Columbia Pictures’ orchestral “The Adventures of Milo & Otis”, Orion Pictures’ release “FX2” and “Bulletproof.”

In his work as an audio producer, Boddicker produced Michael Jackson’s short film “HIStory” and the five minute animated film which opened Jackson’s world tour; both for which he composed additional music. He arranged, adapted and composed additional music for the advertising of such box office giants as “The Bodyguard”, “Cliffhanger” and “Waterworld.”

This past year he has written and produced music for the film “Time Changer.”

Many film and television musical performing credits also go to Boddicker. He composed and performed the opening theme “Scooter” for Sunday Night ABC-TV Sports. Three Disney World video games have music and sound effects designed by Dr. Boddicker.

He performed on many movie soundtracks including “Fatal Attraction”, “Cocktail”, “Gaby”, “Dead Poet Society”, both “Free Willy” movies, “Secret of My Success”, “The Right Stuff”, “Karate Kid II & III”, “Desperately Seeking Susan”, “Revenge of the Nerds”, Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Three Men And A Baby”, “Welcome Home Roxie Carmichael” and “The Hunt For Red October” to name but a few.

Grammy winning singles he performed on include: “Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston; “Dancing On The Ceiling” by Lionel Ritchie, Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere” and USA For Africa’s “We Are The World.”

Using his creative ingenuity, Boddicker created the musical sound effects for “Xanadu”, “My Girl” and “Saturday Night Fever.”

Among his television performing credits are the music from “St. Elsewhere”, “Roots”, “Annie McGuire”, “The Equalizer”, NBC Olympic coverage, “Falcon Crest” and the HBO specials “War Story” and “Lonesome Dove.” He recently performed in Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Special and the 2003 Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden. He continues to write and produce music for future films and current releases and well as many philanthropic videos to benefit churches, rescue missions, schools, and homeless mothers and children in Los Angeles.

Michael Lehmann Boddicker qualifies for induction in three categories: songwriter, inventor and performer. For all these outstanding accomplishments he is warmly welcomed as a member of the Iowa RockNRoll Hall of Fame Class of 2003.


The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.

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