Richard Charles Rodgers (1902-1979) was an American composer of more than 900 songs & 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnership with Oscar Hammerstein II, which yielded a number of hugely successful shows including 'Oklahoma!', 'Carousel', 'South Pacific', 'The King & I', & 'The Sound of Music'. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular music down to the present day, and have an enduring broad appeal. Rodgers was the first person to win what are considered the top show business awards in television, recording, movies and Broadway—an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony—now known collectively as an EGOT. He has also won a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only two people to receive each award.