Dave Grusin Biography (1934-)

Born June 26, 1934, in Littleton (some sources say Denver), CO; son of Henri(a violinist) and Rosabelle (a pianist; maiden name, De Poyster) Grusin. Career: Pianist, keyboardist, composer, conductor, arranger, and record producer. Worked and performed with Quincy Jones, beginning in early 1960s; worked and performed with numerous artists, including Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, RuthPrice, Sergio Mendes, Tom Scott, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Ritenour, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Jon Lucien, Roberta Flack, and Aretha Franklin; record producer, with Larry Rosen, beginning in 1976; owner, with Rosen, of GRP Records, Inc., 1983--, featuring performers such as Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Grover Washington Jr., and others; affiliated with N.Y./L.A. Dream Band, a septetof jazz-fusion artists; principal with N2K Inc. (record label), New York City. Military service: U.S. Navy, involved with air operations, 1956-58.Member: Phi Mu Alpha. Awards, Honors: Grammy Award nomination,best arrangement accompanying vocalists, 1968, for "Fool on the Hill"; GrammyAward, best album or original instrumental score for a motion picture or television special, 1968, for The Graduate(with Paul Simon); Grammy Awardnomination, best arrangement accompanying vocalists, 1973, for "Lady Love";Grammy Award nomination, best arrangement accompanying vocalists, 1973, for "Rashida"; Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental composition, 1976, for "Midnight Soul Patrol" (with Quincy Jones and Louis Johnson); Academy Award nomination, best original score, 1978, for Heaven Can Wait; Academy Award nomination, best original score, 1979, for The Champ; Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental arrangement, 1980, for "Marcosinho," The Hawk. Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental arrangement, 1981, for "Mountain Dance," Mountain Dance; Academy Award nomination, best original score, 1981, Grammy Award nomination, best original score in a motion pictureor a television special, 1982, both for On Golden Pond; Academy Awardnomination, best song (with Alan and Marilyn Bergman), 1982, Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental composition, 1983, Grammy Award nomination (with the Bergmans), best original score in a motion picture or television special,1983, all for Tootsie; Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental composition, 1983, for "An Actor's Life"; Grammy Award, best instrumental arrangement, 1983, for "Summer Sketches '82," Dave Grusin and the N.Y./L.A. DreamBand; Grammy Award, best instrumental arrangement, 1985, for "Early A.M.Attitude" (with Lee Ritenour), Harlequin; Grammy Award nomination, best arrangement accompanying vocals, 1985, for "Harlequin" (with Ritenour), Harlequin; Grammy Award nomination, best pop instrumental, 1985, for Harlequin(with Ritenour); Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental composition, 1986, for "Earth Run" (with Ritenour), Earth Run. Grammy Award nomination, best pop instrumental, 1987, for "It Might Be You," Cinemagic; Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental arrangement, 1987, for "TheHeart Is a Lonely Hunter," Cinemagic(album); Grammy Award nomination,best recording engineering, non-classical, 1987, for Cinemagic(with Don Murray, Keith Grant, and Josiah Gluck); Academy Award, best original score, 1988, for The Milagro Beanfield War; honorary degree from Berkeley,1989; honorary degree from the University of Colorado, 1989; Grammy Award, best arrangement on an instrumental, 1989, for "Suite from The Milagro Beanfield War," Migration; Academy Award nomination, best original score, 1989, for The Fabulous Baker Boys; Grammy Award, best instrumentalarrangement accompanying vocals, 1989, for "My Funny Valentine," The Fabulous Baker Boys Motion Picture Soundtrack; Grammy Award, best album of original instrumental background score written for a motion picture or television, 1989, for The Fabulous Baker Boys Motion Picture Soundtrack; GoldenGlobe Award nomination, best original score, Academy Award nomination, bestoriginal score, 1990, both for Havana; Golden Globe Award nomination,best original score, 1991, for For the Boys; Grammy Award, best arrangement on an instrumental, 1992, for "Medley: Bess You Is My Woman/I Love YouPorgy," The Gershwin Connection; Grammy Award, instrumental arrangement, 1994 for "Three Cowboy Songs"; Academy Award nomination, original score, 1994, for The Firm. Addresses: Office: GRP Records, Inc., 555 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.; Agent: Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency, 3301 Barham Blvd., Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90068-1477.; Contact: Laurie Jakobsen, N2K Inc., 55 Broad St., New York, NY 10004-2501.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
pianist, keyboardist, composer, conductor, arranger, record producer
Birth Details
June 26, 1934
Denver, Colorado, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Arranger
  • "My Funny Valentine," by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • "I Remember You," "Wake Up Each Morning with Baileys," "Come Rain or ComeShine," and "Stuff Like That There," For the Boys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Film Song Performer
  • "Bossa Baroque," Casual Sex?, Universal, 1988
  • "People" and "The Girl from Ipanema," The Fabulous Baker Boys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • The Firm, Paramount, 1993
  • The Other Sister, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Film Song Producer
  • "I Remember You," "P.S. I Love You," and "Vicki and Mr. Valves," For the Boys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Film Music Director
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Seven Arts, 1968
  • Film Music Conductor
  • Candy, Cinerama, 1968
  • Film Score Conductor and Orchestrator
  • Hope Floats, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Arranger and orchestra leader, The Andy Williams Show (series), NBC, 1960-64
  • Music director, Disney World--A Gala Opening--Disneyland East (special), 1971
  • Pianist, In the Gloaming, HBO, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Pianist, Evening at Pops, PBS, 1988
  • The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards, 1990
  • The 34th Annual Grammy Awards, 1992
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Subways Are for Sleeping, Epic, 1960
  • Piano, Strings, and Moonlight, Epic, 1961
  • Kaleidoscope, Columbia, 1963
  • One of a Kind, GRP/Arista, 1976
  • Discovered Again, Sheffield Treas., c. 1977
  • Mountain Dance, GRP/Arista, 1979
  • Out of the Shadows, GRP, 1981
  • Dave Grusin and the N.Y./L.A. Dream Band, GRP, 1983
  • Night-Lines, GRP, 1984
  • (With Lee Ritenour) Harlequin, GRP, 1985
  • (With Ritenour) Earth Run, GRP, c. 1986
  • Cinemagic, GRP, 1987
  • (With GRP All-Stars) GRP Super Live in Concert, GRP, 1988
  • (With brother Don Grusin) Sticks and Stones, GRP, 1988
  • Dave Grusin Collection, GRP, 1989
  • (With Ritenour) Festival, GRP, 1989
  • Migration, GRP, 1989
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys Motion Picture Soundtrack, GRP, c. 1989
  • Havana, GRP, 1990
  • The Gershwin Collection, GRP, 1991
  • Homage to Duke, GRP, 1993
  • The Orchestral Album (includes "Three Cowboy Songs"), GRP, 1994
  • The Cure--Soundtrack, GRP, 1995
  • Two for the Road, GRP, 1997
  • Also performed on other recordings, including Rio and On the Line (both with Ritenour), Elektra/Musician; Body Heat and I Heard That! (both with Quincy Jones), A & M; Earl Klugh and Living Inside Your Love (both with Earl Klugh), Blue Note; Marching in the Street (with Harvey Mason), Arista; Barefoot Ballet (with John Klemmer), ABC; My Favorite Things (with Sergio Mendes), Atlantic; ASecret Place (with Grover Washington, Jr.), Kudu; Face to Face (with Kevin Eubanks); Little Big Horn (with Gerry Mulligan); Blackwood (with Eddie Daniels); Brown's Bag (with Ray Brown); and CrawlSpace (with Art Farmer).
  • Song Arranger
  • Arranger of numerous songs, including "Fool on the Hill," for Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, A & M, c. 1968; "Lady Love" and "Rashida," both forJon Lucien, RCA, c. 1973; "Mountain Dance," from Mountain Dance, 1979;"Marcosinho," from The Hawk, c. 1980; "Summer Sketches '82," from Dave Grusin and the N.Y./L.A. Dream Band, c. 1983; "Early A.M. Attitude"and "Harlequin" (both with Lee Ritenour), from Harlequin, 1985; "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," from Cinemagic, 1987; "Suite from The Milagro Beanfield War, " from Migration, 1989; and "Medley: Bess YouIs My Woman/I Love You Porgy," from The Gershwin Connection, 1991.
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Scores, Except as Indicated
  • Divorce American Style, Columbia, 1967
  • (With Paul Simon) The Graduate, Embassy, 1967
  • Waterhole No. 3 (includes "The Code of the West," with Robert Wells), Paramount, 1967
  • Candy (includes "Child of the Universe"), Cinerama, 1968
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Seven Arts, 1968
  • Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (includes title song), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Generation (also known as A Time for Giving), Avco Embassy,1969
  • The Mad Room, Columbia, 1969
  • A Man Called Gannon (includes "A Smile, a Mem'ry and an Extra Shirt," lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman), Universal, 1969
  • Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, Universal, 1969
  • Winning, Universal, 1969
  • Adam at 6 A.M., National General Pictures, 1970
  • Halls of Anger (includes "Reachin' Out to You," with Norman Gimbel), United Artists, 1970
  • The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • The Pursuit of Happiness, Columbia, 1971
  • Shoot Out, Universal, 1971
  • Fuzz, United Artists, 1972
  • The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid, Universal, 1972
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Paramount, 1973
  • The Midnight Man, Universal, 1974
  • The Nickel Ride, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975
  • Three Days of the Condor, Paramount, 1975
  • The Yakuza (also known as Brotherhood of the Yakuza; includes "Evening Sun, Morning Moon," lyrics by the Bergmans), Warner Bros.-Toei, 1975
  • The Front, Columbia, 1976
  • Murder By Death, Columbia, 1976
  • Bobby Deerfield (includes title song, lyrics by the Bergmans), Columbia, 1977
  • Fire Sale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • The Goodbye Girl, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Mr. Billion, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Heaven Can Wait, Paramount, 1978
  • ... And Justice for All (includes "There's Something Funny Goin' On," lyrics by the Bergmans), Columbia, 1979
  • The Champ, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1979
  • The Electric Horseman, Universal, 1979
  • My Bodyguard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • "Cheryl's Theme," All Night Long, Universal, 1981
  • Absence of Malice, Columbia, 1981
  • On Golden Pond, ITC/IPC/Universal/AFD, 1981
  • (With Stephen Sondheim) Reds, Paramount, 1981
  • Author! Author! (includes "Comin' Home to You," lyrics by the Bergmans), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Tootsie (includes title song and "It Might Be You," lyrics for both by the Bergmans), Columbia, 1982
  • Falling in Love, Paramount, 1984
  • The Little Drummer Girl (includes "Always in Love" and "Eyes of Fire," with Sylvester Levay), Warner Bros., 1984
  • The Pope of Greenwich Village, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists,1984
  • Racing with the Moon, Paramount, 1984
  • Scandalous (includes "It's Scandalous," with Don Black), Orion, 1984
  • The Goonies, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Lucas, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Ishtar, Columbia, 1987
  • The Milagro Beanfield War, Universal, 1988
  • Song, Casual Sex?, Universal, 1988
  • Clara's Heart, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Tequila Sunrise, Warner Bros., 1988
  • A Dry White Season, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • "TriStar Logo Theme," Look Who's Talking Too, TriStar, 1990
  • Havana, Universal, 1990
  • (As David Grusin) Bonfire of the Vanities, Warner Bros., 1990
  • For the Boys (includes "Dreamland" and "Wake Up Each Morning withBaileys"), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • The Firm, Paramount, 1993
  • The Cure, Universal, 1995
  • Mulholland Falls (also known as The Hats), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Selena, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Hope Floats, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Random Hearts, Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999
  • Song, The Other Sister, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Television Music
  • Series
  • Theme song and additional music, Dan August, ABC, 1970
  • The Sandy Duncan Show, CBS, 1972
  • Assignment: Vienna, ABC, 1972
  • Theme song (lyrics by the Bergmans), Maude, CBS, 1972
  • Roll Out!, CBS, 1973
  • The Girl with Something Extra, NBC, 1973
  • Theme song (lyrics by the Bergmans), Good Times, CBS, 1974
  • "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow" (theme song), and additional music, Baretta, ABC, 1975
  • Theme song and additional music, St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1982
  • "The Smithsonian and the Presidency," This Is America, Charlie Brown!, CBS, 1988
  • Theme music, Capital News (also known as Powerhouse), ABC,1990
  • Also composed themes and music for The Bold Ones, NBC, and TheName of the Game, NBC; composed themes for It Takes a Thief and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
  • Movies
  • The Intruders, NBC, 1970
  • Sarge: The Badge or the Cross, NBC, 1971
  • A Howling in the Woods, NBC, 1971
  • The Forgotten Man, ABC, 1971
  • The Deadly Dream, ABC, 1971
  • The Family Rico, CBS, 1972
  • The Death Squad, ABC, 1974
  • Eric, NBC, 1975
  • The Trial of Chaplain Jensen, ABC, 1975
  • (And pianist) In the Gloaming, HBO, 1997
  • Hope, 1997
  • Also composed music for Prescription: Murder and Scorpio Letters.
  • Specials
  • The Oath: The Sad and Lonely Sundays, ABC, 1976
  • The Oath: 33 Hours in the Life of God, ABC, 1976
  • Colorado C. I., CBS, 1978
  • You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown!, CBS, 1990
  • Pilot
  • Amanda Fallon, NBC, 1973
  • Three of a Kind, ABC, 1989
  • Other
  • P. O. P., 1984
  • On the Edge, 1987
  • Other Musical Compositions
  • "An Actor's Life" (song), Golden Horizon Music Corporation, c. 1983
  • (With Lee Ritenour) Harlequin (album), GRP, 1985
  • (With Ritenour) "Earth Run" (song), Earth Run, GRP, c. 1986
  • "It Might Be You" (song), Cinemagic, GRP, 1987
  • Also composer of other songs, including "Midnight Soul Patrol" (with Quincy Jones and Louis Johnson), c. 1976.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Contemporary Musicians, Volume 7, Gale, 1992.
    • Contemporary Newsmakers 1987 Cumulation, Gale, 1988, p. 150.
    Periodicals:
    • Audio, January 1985, March, 1985.
    • down beat, March 1985, pp. 59, 61; July 1989, p. 24.
    • Stereo Review, June 1983, September, 1985.*

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