“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Johnny Mandel…

Posted on June 29, 2020 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Johnny Mandel was one of the country’s top composer / arrangers in jazz, pop, and film music. The breadth and quality of his work made it possible to be recorded by a wide variety of jazz musicians and singers including Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Horn, Anita O’Day, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur, Barbra Streisand, and Peggy Lee.                            JOHNNY MANDEL –>

“`He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard School.  In 1943, he played the trumpet with jazz violinist Joe Venuti. The following year, he worked with Billy Rogers and in the bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Georgie Auld, and Chubby Jackson. He also wrote tunes for Woody Herman, Stan Getz, and Chet Baker.

“`Mandel was in demand in Hollywood and worked on scores for I Want to Live!, The Americanization of Emily, The Sandpiper, Harper, The Russians are Coming The Russians are Coming, M*A*S*H, The Last Detail, Summer Wishes Winter Dreams, Being There, Caddyshack and The Verdict. The Shadow of Your Smile, which he co-wrote with Paul Francis Webster, won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. He also wrote Suicide is Painless, featured in the screen and small screen adaptations of M*A*S*H.  He also won a Grammy for his arrangement of the Natalie and Nat King Cole duet of Unforgettable.

“`Johnny Mandel was ninety-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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