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Johnny Mandel

Johnny Mandel
Birth name John Alfred Mandel
Born (1925-11-23) November 23, 1925
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Popular songs, film music, jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger

John Alfred "Johnny" 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, and Shirley Horn.


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Music career 1.2
    • Personal life 1.3
  • Honors 2
  • Selected compositions 3
  • Selected arrangements 4
  • Selected filmography 5
  • Selected discography 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Early life

Mandel was born in New York City to Alfred, a garment manufacturer, and Hannah, an opera singer, who discovered he had perfect pitch at the age of five.[1] Piano lessons ensued but Johnny switched to the trumpet and later the trombone.[1]

Music career

He studied at the 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, NY, he wrote jazz compositions like "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.

Johnny 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 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 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.

Personal life

Mandel married Lois Lee in 1959,[2] and Martha Blanner in 1972,[3] and has a daughter, Marrisa, born in 1976.[4] Mandel is also the cousin of the late fellow film composer, Miles Goodman.[5][6][7]


Mandel is a recipient of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.[8]

Johnny'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.[9]

Selected compositions

Selected arrangements

Selected filmography

Johnny Mandel composed and/or arranged music for the following motion pictures or television programs:

Selected discography

See also


  1. ^ a b ASCAP Henry Mancini Award Honoring Johnny Mandel, by Jem Aswad. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  2. ^ California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959, a subscription site, accessed 2014-02-26
  3. ^ California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985, a subscription site, accessed 2014-02-26
  4. ^ Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music 28. Farmington Hills, Mich.:  
  5. ^ "Miles Goodman, 47, Composer for Films".  
  6. ^ Jablon, Robert (18 August 1996). "Miles Goodman, Film Composer and Jazz Record Producer, Dies".  
  7. ^ Oliver, Myrna (20 August 1996). "Miles Goodman; Record Producer, Film Composer".  
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ DIVA: Sherrie Maricle. Retrieved February 10, 2014.

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