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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Remembering The Manhattan Transfer's Tim Hauser 1941 - 2014

Singer Tim Hauser, who died Thursday at age 72, founded the first version of The Manhattan Transfer in 1969, but they only released one album, Jukin', in 1971 before breaking up. He then reformed the group in October 1972 with Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Laurel Massé (who was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne in 1978).

To celebrate Mr. Hauser's life and career, below you can enjoy some of The Manhattan Transfer's groovy music.

"Tuxedo Junction" and "Operator" from the 1975 album, The Manhattan Transfer (the videos are from their CBS variety series, which aired during the summer of 1975).

"Where Did Our Love Go" from the 1978 album, Pastiche (the video is from a 1978 appearance on the BBC series, Top of the Pops).

"Birdland" and "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" from the 1979 album, Extensions. "Birdland" won the group its first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental.

"The Boy from New York City" and "Spies in the Night" from the 1981 album, Mecca For Moderns. "The Boy from New York City" became the group's first top 10 hit and won them the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (the videos are from their appearance on the ABC series, Fridays, on October 30, 1981).

"Route 66" and "How High the Moon" from the 1985 album, Bop Doo-Wopp. "Route 66" originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1981 Burt Reynolds' film, Sharky's Machine (the videos are from Fridays and the 1983 Grammy Awards with Ella Fitzgerald).

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" from the 1992 album, The Christmas Album (the video is from their guest appearance on the ABC sitcom, Home Improvement, on December 16, 1992).


john said...

Marc thank you for celebrating a group that gave so much consistent pleasure for decades.

Topher said...

Very sad - I've loved this group's music since the 70's and know that Tim was a driving force behind the success

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thanks for your comments, John and Topher!