The Info List - Dave Grusin

Robert David Grusin (born June 26, 1934) is an American composer, arranger, producer, and pianist. He has composed many scores for feature films and television, and has won numerous awards for his soundtrack and record work, including an Academy Award and ten Grammy Awards. He has had a prolific recording career as an artist, arranger, producer and executive producer. He is the co-founder of GRP Records. Born in Littleton, Colorado, he studied music at the University of Colorado at Boulder and was awarded his degree in 1956. He produced his first single, "Subways Are for Sleeping", in 1962 and his first film score for Divorce American Style
Divorce American Style
(1967). Other scores followed, including Winning
(1969), The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
(1973), The Midnight Man (1974), and Three Days of the Condor
Three Days of the Condor
(1975). In the late 1970s, he started GRP Records
GRP Records
with his business partner, Larry Rosen, and began to create some of the first commercial digital recordings. He was the composer for The Graduate, On Golden Pond (1981), Tootsie
(1982) and The Goonies
The Goonies
(1985). In 1988, he won the Oscar for best original score for The Milagro Beanfield War, He also composed the musical scores for the 1984 TriStar Pictures
TriStar Pictures
and the 1993 Columbia Pictures Television
Columbia Pictures Television
logos. From 2000-11, Grusin concentrated on composing classical and jazz compositions, touring and recording with collaborators, including guitarist Lee Ritenour. Their album Harlequin won a Grammy Award in 1985. Their classical crossover albums, Two Worlds and Amparo, were nominated for Grammys.


1 Life and career 2 Awards and honors

2.1 Academy Awards 2.2 Grammy Awards 2.3 Golden Globe Awards 2.4 Other

3 Discography

3.1 As leader 3.2 As sideman

4 Filmography 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Life and career[edit] Grusin's mother was a pianist and his father was a violinist from Riga, Latvia.[1][2] An alumnus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, he was awarded his bachelor's degree in 1956. His teachers included Cecil Effinger and Wayne Scott, pianist, arranger and professor of jazz.[3] Grusin has a filmography of about 100 titles. His many awards include an Oscar for best original score for The Milagro Beanfield War, as well as Oscar nominations for The Champ, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Firm, Havana, Heaven Can Wait, and On Golden Pond. He also received a Best Original Song nomination for "It Might Be You" from the film Tootsie. Six of the fourteen cuts on the soundtrack from The Graduate are his. Other film scores he has composed include Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, Three Days of the Condor, The Goonies, Tequila Sunrise, Hope Floats, Random Hearts, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Mulholland Falls
Mulholland Falls
and The Firm. In addition, he also composed the original opening fanfare for film studio TriStar Pictures.[4] Grusin composed theme music for the TV programs It Takes a Thief (1968), The Name of the Game (1968), Dan August
Dan August
(1970), The Sandy Duncan Show (1971–72), Maude (1972), Good Times
Good Times
(1974), Baretta (1975), St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere
(1982), and, for Televisa
in Mexico, Tres Generaciones (1987). He also composed music for individual episodes of each of those shows. His other TV credits include The Wild Wild West (1966), The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
(1966), and Columbo: Prescription: Murder (1968). He also did the theme song for One Life to Live
One Life to Live
(1968) from 1984–92. Grusin and Larry Rosen founded GRP Records
GRP Records
in 1978. In 1994, GRP was in charge of MCA's jazz operations. Founders Grusin and Rosen left in 1995 and were replaced by Tommy LiPuma. In 1997, Grusin and Rosen founded N2K Encoded Music, which was renamed N-Coded Music.[citation needed] He received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music
in 1988 and University of Colorado, College of Music in 1989. Grusin was initiated into the Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
at the University of Colorado in 1953.[citation needed] Grusin is married to Nan Newton. He is the father of music editor Stuart Grusin, music editor and musician Scott Grusin, and aerospace engineer Michael Grusin. He is the stepfather of artist Annie Vought and elder brother of keyboardist Don Grusin
Don Grusin
and sister Dee Grusin.[citation needed] Awards and honors[edit] Academy Awards[edit]

Award, Best Original Score, The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War
(1988) Nomination, Best Original Score: Heaven Can Wait (1978), The Champ (1979), On Golden Pond (1981), The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Fabulous Baker Boys
(1989), Havana (1990), The Firm (1993) Nomination, Best Original Song: "It Might Be You" (1982)

Grammy Awards[edit]

Award, Best Arrangement on an Instrumental: "Early A.M. Attitude" (1986), "Suite" for The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War
(1990), "Bess You Is My Woman/I Loves You Porgy" (1991), "Mood Indigo" (1993), "Three Cowboy Songs" (1994) Award, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: "My Funny Valentine" by Michelle Pfeiffer (1989), "Mean Old Man" by James Taylor (2002) Award, Best Album Original Score Written for Motion Picture or Television: The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Fabulous Baker Boys
(1989), Nomination, Best Original Score: Selena

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Nomination, Best Original Score: The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War
(1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Havana (1990), For the Boys
For the Boys


Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 1991

Discography[edit] As leader[edit]

Subways Are for Sleeping (Epic, 1962) Piano, Strings, and Moonlight (Epic, 1963) Kaleidoscope (Columbia, 1964) Divorce American Style
Divorce American Style
(United Artists, 1967) The Graduate (Columbia, 1968) Candy (Epic, 1969) Three Days of the Condor
Three Days of the Condor
(DRG/EMI, 1975) Discovered Again!
Discovered Again!
(Sheffield Lab, 1976) One of a Kind (GRP, 1977) The Champ (Varèse Sarabande, 1979) Mountain Dance (GRP, 1979) The Electric Horseman
The Electric Horseman
(Varèse Sarabande, 1979) Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
Presents GRP All-Stars Live in Japan (Arista, 1981) Out of the Shadows (GRP, 1982) Night Lines (GRP, 1983) Dave Grusin and the NY-LA Dream Band
Dave Grusin and the NY-LA Dream Band
(GRP, 1984) Harlequin (with Lee Ritenour) (GRP, 1985) Lucas (Varèse Sarabande, 1986) Cinemagic (GRP, 1987) GRP Live in Session (GRP, 1988) Sticks and Stones (with Don Grusin) (GRP, 1988) Migration (GRP, 1989) The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Fabulous Baker Boys
(GRP, 1989) The Bonfire of the Vanities (Atlantic, 1990) Havana (GRP, 1990) The Gershwin Connection (GRP, 1991) GRP Super Live in Concert (GRP, 1992) Homage to Duke
Homage to Duke
(GRP, 1993) The Firm (GRP, 1993) The Cure (GRP, 1995) Two for the Road (GRP, 1996) Selena (Angel, 1997) West Side Story (N-Coded, 1997) Random Hearts
Random Hearts
(Sony, 1999) Two Worlds with Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour
(Decca, 2000) Dinner with Friends (Jellybean, 2001) Now Playing (GRP, 2004) The Yakuza
The Yakuza
limited edition, 3000 copies (Film Score Monthly, 2005) Lucas limited edition, 2000 copies (Varèse Sarabande, 2006) Author! Author! limited edition, 2000 copies (Varèse Sarabande, 2007) The Scorpio Letters limited edition of 3000 copies (Film Score Monthly, 2007) Amparo (Decca, 2008) The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
(Varèse Sarabande, 2008) The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter limited edition, 3000 copies (Film Score Monthly, 2009) An Evening with Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
(Heads Up, 2010) One Night Only! (C.A.R.E./Intergroove, 2011)[5]

As sideman[edit] With Patti Austin

1977 Havana Candy 1990 Love Is Gonna Getcha

With the Brothers Johnson

1976 Look Out for #1 1977 Right on Time

With Tom Browne

1979 Love Approach 1979 Browne Sugar 1981 Magic

With Don Grusin

1981 10k-LA 1993 Native Land 2004 The Hang

With Quincy Jones

1973 You've Got It Bad Girl 1974 Body Heat 1975 Mellow Madness 1976 I Heard That! 1977 Roots (A&M, 1977)

With John Klemmer

1975 Touch 1976 Barefoot Ballet

With Earl Klugh

1976 Earl Klugh 1976 Living Inside Your Love 1978 Finger Paintings

With Jon Lucien

1973 Rashida 1974 Mind's Eye 1975 Song for My Lady

With Harvey Mason

1976 Marching in the Street 1977 Funk in a Mason Jar 2003 With All My Heart

With Carmen McRae

1975 I Am Music 1979 Can't Hide Love

With Sergio Mendes

1976 Homecooking 1977 Sergio Mendes
Sergio Mendes
& the New Brasil '77

With Lee Ritenour

1976 First Course 1977 Captain Fingers 1977 Gentle Thoughts 1978 Friendship 1978 The Captain's Journey 1979 Feel the Night 1979 Rio 1983 On the Line 1986 Earth Run 1988 Festival 2005 Overtime 2005 World of Brazil 2006 Smoke 'N' Mirrors 2012 Rhythm Sessions 2015 A Twist of Rit

With Dave Valentin

1979 Legends 1980 The Hawk 1984 Kalahari 1990 Flute Juice

With Sadao Watanabe

1977 My Dear Life 1978 California Shower 1979 Morning Island 1980 How's Everything

With others

1972 Crawl Space, Art Farmer 1972 A Time in My Life, Sarah Vaughan 1972 With Michel Legrand, Sarah Vaughan 1972 Equinox Express Elevator, Howard Roberts 1974 Let's Love, Peggy Lee 1975 Brown's Bag, Ray Brown 1975 Love Me by Name, Lesley Gore 1975 Making Music, Bill Withers 1975 Peach Melba, Melba Moore 1975 We Got By, Al Jarreau 1975 The Man Incognito, Alphonse Mouzon 1976 I'm Easy, Keith Carradine 1976 This Mother's Daughter, Nancy Wilson 1977 Phantazia, Noel Pointer 1978 Against the Grain, Phoebe Snow 1979 Angel of the Night, Angela Bofill 1979 Days Like These, Jay Hoggard 1979 Part of You, Eric Gale 1979 A Secret Place, Grover Washington Jr. 1981 Clean Sweep, Bobby Broom 1982 Donna Summer, Donna Summer 1983 Little Big Horn, Gerry Mulligan 1984 Home Again, Judy Collins 1985 20/20, George Benson 1985 Deedles, Diane Schuur 1986 Face to Face, Kevin Eubanks 1986 Timeless, Diane Schuur 1988 C.K., Chaka Khan 1989 Blackwood, Eddie Daniels 1991 For the Boys, Bette Midler 1991 Curves Ahead, The Rippingtons 1995 Dragonfly, Gerry Mulligan 2008 Act Your Age, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band[6]


Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes

1967 Divorce American Style Bud Yorkin Columbia Pictures

Waterhole No. 3 William A. Graham Paramount Pictures

The Graduate Mike Nichols Embassy Pictures

1968 A Man Called Gannon James Goldstone Universal Pictures

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Hy Averback United Artists

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Robert Ellis Miller Warner Bros.

Candy Christian Marquand ABC Pictures

1969 Winning James Goldstone Universal Pictures

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Abraham Polonsky Universal Pictures

1970 Halls of Anger Paul Bogart United Artists

Adam at 6 A.M. Robert Scheerer Cinema Center Films

1971 The Pursuit of Happiness Robert Mulligan Columbia Pictures

Shoot Out Henry Hathaway Universal Pictures

A Howling in the Woods Daniel Petrie NBC Universal Television Television film

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight James Goldstone Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1972 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Philip Kaufman Universal Pictures

Fuzz Richard A. Colla United Artists

1973 Amanda Fallon Jack Laird NBC Universal Television Television film

The Friends of Eddie Coyle Peter Yates Paramount Pictures

1974 The Nickel Ride Robert Mulligan 20th Century Fox

The Midnight Man Roland Kibbee Burt Lancaster Universal Pictures

The Yakuza Sydney Pollack Warner Bros.

1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings John G. Avildsen 20th Century Fox

Three Days of the Condor Sydney Pollack Paramount Pictures

1976 Murder by Death Robert Moore Columbia Pictures

The Front Martin Ritt Columbia Pictures

1977 Mr. Billion Jonathan Kaplan 20th Century Fox

Fire Sale Alan Arkin 20th Century Fox

The Goodbye Girl Herbert Ross Warner Bros.

Bobby Deerfield Sydney Pollack Columbia Pictures

1978 Heaven Can Wait Warren Beatty Buck Henry Paramount Pictures nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score

1979 The Champ Franco Zeffirelli Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score

…And Justice For All Norman Jewison Columbia Pictures

The Electric Horseman Syndey Pollack Columbia Pictures

1980 My Bodyguard Tony Bill 20th Century Fox

1981 On Golden Pond Mark Rydell ITC Entertainment nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score

Reds Warren Beatty Paramount Pictures

Absence of Malice Syndey Pollack Columbia Pictures

1982 Author! Author! Arthur Hiller 20th Century Fox

Tootsie Syndey Pollack Columbia Pictures nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score

1984 Racing with the Moon Richard Benjamin Paramount Pictures

The Little Drummer Girl George Roy Hill Warner Bros.

Falling in Love Ulu Grosbard Paramount Pictures

1985 The Goonies Richard Donner Warner Bros.

1986 Lucas David Seltzer 20th Century Fox

1987 Ishtar Elaine May Columbia Pictures with Bahjawa and Paul Williams

1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Robert Redford Universal Pictures winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Score

Clara's Heart Robert Mulligan Warner Bros.

Tequila Sunrise Robert Towne Warner Bros.

1989 A Dry White Season Euzhan Palcy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The Fabulous Baker Boys Steve Kloves 20th Century Fox nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score

1990 Havana Sydney Pollack Universal Pictures nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score

Bonfire of the Vanities Brian De Palma Warner Bros.

1991 For the Boys Mark Rydell 20th Century Fox

1993 The Firm Sydney Pollack Paramount Pictures nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score

1995 The Cure Peter Horton Universal Pictures

1996 Mulholland Falls Lee Tamahori Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1997 Selena Gregory Nava Warner Bros.

In the Gloaming Christopher Reeve HBO Television film

1998 Hope Floats Forest Whitaker 20th Century Fox

1999 Random Hearts Sydney Pollack Columbia Pictures

2001 Dinner with Friends Norman Jewison HBO Television film

2007 Even Money Mark Rydell Yari Film Group

2008 Recount Jay Roach HBO Television film

2010 Harmony Stuart Sender Julie Bergman Sender NBC Television film

2013 Skating to New York Charles Minsky Well Go USA Entertainment

See also[edit]

List of music arrangers List of jazz arrangers


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Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 8 December 2017.  ^ " Cecil Effinger Interview with Bruce Duffie". Bruce Duffie. Retrieved 8 December 2017.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2014.  ^ " Dave Grusin
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Album Discography AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2017.  ^ " Dave Grusin
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Credits AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 

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Academy Award for Best Original Score


Louis Silvers
Louis Silvers
(1934) Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1935) Leo F. Forbstein
Leo F. Forbstein
(1936) Charles Previn
Charles Previn
(1937) Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938) Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken (1939)


Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/ Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/ Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/ Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/ Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
(1944) Miklós Rózsa/ Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/ Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/ Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


Franz Waxman/ Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens (1950) Franz Waxman/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Saul Chaplin (1951) Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952) Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953) Dimitri Tiomkin/ Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin (1954) Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch (1955) Victor Young/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1956) Malcolm Arnold (1957) Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958) Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and Ken Darby (1959)


Ernest Gold/ Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960) Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (1961) Maurice Jarre/ Ray Heindorf (1962) John Addison/Andre Previn (1963) Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/ Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/ Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
(1968) Burt Bacharach/ Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


Francis Lai/ The Beatles
The Beatles
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) (1970) Michel Legrand/ John Williams
John Williams
(1971) Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(1972) Marvin Hamlisch/ Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1973) Nino Rota
Nino Rota
and Carmine Coppola/ Nelson Riddle
Nelson Riddle
(1974) John Williams/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1975) Jerry Goldsmith/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1976) John Williams/ Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/ Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns


Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
(1981) John Williams/ Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
and Leslie Bricusse (1982) Bill Conti/Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983) Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984) John Barry (1985) Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne
David Byrne
and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
(1988) Alan Menken
Alan Menken


John Barry (1990) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) John Williams
John Williams
(1993) Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/ Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Stephen Schwartz (1995) Gabriel Yared/ Rachel Portman (1996) James Horner/ Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
(1997) Nicola Piovani/ Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2001) Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
(2004) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino


Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Mychael Danna (2012) Steven Price (2013) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2014) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

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