born on 23/11/1925 in New York City, NY, United States
died on 29/6/2020
John Alfred Mandel (born November 23, 1925) is a Grammy and Oscar-winning American composer and arranger of popular songs, film music and jazz. Among the musicians he has worked with are Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur and Shirley Horn.
Mandel was born in New York City, to Alfred, a garment manufacturer, and Hannah, an opera singer, who discovered her son had perfect pitch at the age of five. Mandel was subsequently given piano lessons, but switched to the trumpet and later the trombone.
He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. In 1943 he played the trumpet with Joe Venuti, in 1944 with Billy Rogers and trombone in the bands of Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Georgie Auld and Chubby Jackson. In 1949 he accompanied the singer June Christy in the orchestra of Bob Cooper. From 1951 till 1953 he played and arranged music in Elliot Lawrence's orchestra, and in 1953 with Count Basie. Later he resided in Los Angeles, where he played the bass trumpet for Zoot Sims.
A 1944 Band graduate of New York Military Academy, in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, he wrote jazz compositions including "Not Really the Blues" for Woody Herman in 1949, "Hershey Bar" (1950) and "Pot Luck" (1953) for Stan Getz, "Straight Life" (1953) and "Low Life" (1956) for Count Basie, as well as "Tommyhawk" (1954) for Chet Baker.
Mandel has composed, conducted and arranged the music for numerous movie sound tracks. His earliest credited contribution was to I Want to Live! in 1958, which was nominated for a Grammy.
Mandel's most famous compositions include "Suicide Is Painless" (theme from the movie and TV series M*A*S*H), "Close Enough for Love", "Emily" and "A Time for Love" (nominated for an Academy Award). He has written numerous film scores, including the score of The Sandpiper. The love theme for that film, "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 in 1966.
He performed an interpretation of Erik Satie's "Gnossiennes #4 and #5" on the piano for the 1979 film Being There.
He won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) in 1981 for Quincy Jones's album Velas, and again in 1991 for Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable", and one year later once more for Shirley Horn's album Here's to Life.
In 2004, Mandel arranged Tony Bennett's album The Art of Romance. Bennett and Mandel had collaborated before on Bennett's The Movie Song Album (1966), for which Mandel arranged and conducted his songs "Emily" and "The Shadow of Your Smile", and was also the album's musical director.
Mandel married Lois Lee in 1959, and Martha Blanner in 1972, and has a daughter, Marissa, born in 1976. Mandel is also the cousin of the late fellow film composer, Miles Goodman.
Mandel received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in 1993.
Mandel is a recipient of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.
Mandel's most recent project is a CD called Johnny Mandel, A Man and His Music, featuring The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in May 2010, released by Arbors Records in March 2011.
- "A Christmas Love Song" (lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman)
- "Close Enough for Love" (lyrics by Paul Williams)
- "Emily" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
- "The Shadow of Your Smile" (lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
- "Suicide Is Painless" (lyrics by Mike Altman)
- "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman)
- "A Time for Love" (lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
- "Where Do You Start?" (lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman)
- "You Are There" (lyrics by Dave Frishberg)
- 1956 Hoagy Sings Carmichael - Hoagy Carmichael
- 1960 Ring-a-Ding-Ding! - Frank Sinatra
- 1966 "Emily", "The Shadow of Your Smile" from The Movie Song Album - Tony Bennett
- 1981 "Velas" from The Dude - Quincy Jones
- 1992 Here's to Life - Shirley Horn
- 1992 The Christmas Album - Manhattan Transfer
- 1995 Pearls - David Sanborn
- 1999 When I Look in Your Eyes - Diana Krall
- 2001 You're My Thrill - Shirley Horn
- 2004 The Art of Romance - Tony Bennett
- 2009 Love Is the Answer - Barbra Streisand
Johnny Mandel composed and/or arranged music for the following motion pictures or television programs:
- 1958: I Want to Live!
- 1960: The 3rd Voice
- 1961: The Lawbreakers
- 1963: Drums of Africa
- 1964: The Americanization of Emily
- 1965: The Sandpiper
- 1965: Mister Roberts (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1966: Harper
- 1966: The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
- 1966: Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1967: Point Blank
- 1968: Pretty Poison
- 1969: Heaven with a Gun
- 1969: That Cold Day in the Park
- 1969: Some Kind of a Nut
- 1970: M*A*S*H
- 1970: The Man Who Had Power Over Women
- 1972: M*A*S*H (TV series; 12 episodes)
- 1972: Journey Through Rosebud
- 1972: Molly and Lawless John
- 1973: The Last Detail
- 1973: Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
- 1974: W
- 1975: Escape to Witch Mountain
- 1976: Freaky Friday
- 1976: The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
- 1979: Agatha
- 1979: Being There
- 1979: The Baltimore Bullet
- 1980: Too Close for Comfort (TV series; 2 episodes)
- 1980: Caddyshack
- 1982: Deathtrap
- 1982: Lookin' to Get Out
- 1982: The Verdict
- 1986: Amazing Stories (TV series; 1 episode)
- 1989: Brenda Starr
- 1953 Dance Session with Count Basie (Clef)
- 1966 Quietly There, Bill Perkins Quintet, (Riverside)
- 1958 A Sure Thing: David Allen Sings Jerome Kern (Pacific Jazz)
- 1983 The Shadow of Your Smile...Pinky Winters Sings Johnny Mandel...with Lou Levy (Cellar Door)
- 1984 Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There (Fantasy)
- 1993 A Time for Love...The Music of Johnny Mandel, Bill Watrous (GNP Crescendo)
- 1994 Fred Hersh Plays Johnny Mandel: I Never Told You So (Varèse Sarabande)
- 2011 Johnny Mandel, A Man and His Music, with The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Ann Hampton Callaway (Arbors)
- 2014 Quietly There, Harry Allen/Jan Lundgren Quartet, (Stunt)
- List of music arrangers
- List of jazz arrangers
- ASCAP Henry Mancini Award Honoring Johnny Mandel, by Jem Aswad. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
- California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959, a subscription site, accessed 2014-02-26
- California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985, a subscription site, accessed 2014-02-26
- Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music. 28. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale. 2000. ISBN 978-0787632533.
- "Miles Goodman, 47, Composer for Films". The New York Times. 20 August 1996. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Jablon, Robert (18 August 1996). "Miles Goodman, Film Composer and Jazz Record Producer, Dies". Associated Press. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Oliver, Myrna (20 August 1996). "Miles Goodman; Record Producer, Film Composer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- National Endowment for the Arts (January 4, 2011). "National Endowment for the Arts Announces Live Webcast of 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert on January 11, 2011". Washington: National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- DIVA: Sherrie Maricle. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
- Johnny Mandel at AllMusic
- Johnny Mandel on IMDb
- Johnny Mandel at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Interview with Marc Myers at JazzWax
- Alumni of Distinction at New York Military Academy archives page
- NAMM Oral History Interview August 26, 2009