Dave Grusin

Dave Grusin

born on 26/6/1934 in Littleton, CO, United States

Dave Grusin

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Robert David "Dave" 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 (1967). Other scores followed, including Winning (1969), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), The Midnight Man (1974), and Three Days of the Condor (1975).

In the late 1970s, he started 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 (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 and the 1993 Columbia Pictures Television logos.

From 2000 through 2011, 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.

Life and career

Grusin was born in Littleton, Colorado, the son of Rosabelle (née De Poyster), a pianist, and Henri Grusin, a violinist who immigrated 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. Among his teachers there were Cecil Effinger and Wayne Scott, longtime 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 and The Firm. In addition, he also composed the original opening fanfare for film studio TriStar Pictures.[4]

For television, he was the conductor for The Andy Williams Show (1963–1965) and the composer of the theme songs for such series as It Takes a Thief (1968), The Name of the Game (1968), Dan August (1970), The Sandy Duncan Show (1971–1972), Maude (1972), Good Times (1974), Baretta (1975), 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. (1966), and Columbo: Prescription: Murder (1968). He also did the theme song for One Life to Live (1968) from 1984–1992. Since its beginning in 1984, the Minneapolis-St. Paul regional weekly news and affair program Almanac has used Grusin's "Anthem Internationale" from his 1982 album Out of the Shadows as their theme.

Grusin assisted in 1966 as musical director and arranger also for two years the Catarina Valente TV show and lived longer times in Amsterdam.

About 35 Grusin CD titles are currently available including soundtracks, originals, collections, and homages to jazz greats George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Henry Mancini. Recently he has turned his attention to his own compositions. As in much of his career, these defy easy classification. They can be heard on CD's in collaboration with major artists including Lee Ritenour, James Taylor, and Renée Fleming. In addition to Grusin's jazz, film work and other collaborations, he has also lent his talents as a producer / arranger / musician to numerous albums by artists including Paul Simon, Sérgio Mendes, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Dave Valentin and Sadao Watanabe. Billy Joel has also on occasion tapped Grusin for horn and string arrangements – Grusin arranged the horns on "Half a Mile Away" for Joel's 52nd Street album, and contributed horn and string arrangements to Joel's 1982 concept album, The Nylon Curtain.

Grusin and Larry Rosen co-founded 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 co-founded N2K Encoded Music (after renamed N-Coded Music).

He received honorary doctorates from 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 at the University of Colorado in 1953.

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 and sister Dee Grusin.

Awards and honors

Academy Awards

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

Grammy Awards

  • Award, Best Arrangement on an Instrumental: "Early A.M. Attitude" (1986), "Suite" for 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 (1989),
  • Nomination, Best Original Score: Selena

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nomination, Best Original Score: The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Havana (1990), For the Boys (1991)


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


As leader

  • Subways Are for Sleeping (Epic, 1962)
  • Piano, Strings, and Moonlight (Epic, 1963)
  • Kaleidoscope (Columbia, 1964)
  • Divorce American Style (United Artists, 1967)
  • The Graduate (Columbia, 1968)
  • Candy (Epic, 1969)
  • Three Days of the Condor (DRG/EMI, 1975)
  • Discovered Again! (Sheffield Lab, 1976)
  • One of a Kind (GRP, 1977)
  • The Champ (Varèse Sarabande, 1979)
  • Mountain Dance (GRP, 1979)
  • The Electric Horseman (Varèse Sarabande, 1979)
  • 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 (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 (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 (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 (Sony, 1999)
  • Two Worlds with Lee Ritenour (Decca, 2000)
  • Dinner with Friends (Jellybean, 2001)
  • Now Playing (GRP, 2004)
  • 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. (Varèse Sarabande, 2008)
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter limited edition, 3000 copies (Film Score Monthly, 2009)
  • An Evening with Dave Grusin (Heads Up, 2010)
  • One Night Only! (C.A.R.E./Intergroove, 2011)[5]

As sideman


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 Artiss
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

  • List of music arrangers
  • List of jazz arrangers


  1. ^ Dave Grusin Page. Soulwalking.co.uk (June 26, 1934).
  2. ^ Dave Grusin Biography (1934–). Filmreference.com (June 26, 1934).
  3. ^ Cecil Effinger Interview with Bruce Duffie. While attending the University of Colorado, Grusin often performed with Colorado tenor saxist Spike Robinson. Bruceduffie.com.
  4. ^ http://mostpopularsongs.net/Dave_Grusin/Tri-Star_Logo_Theme/
  5. ^ "Dave Grusin | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 

External links

  • Dave Grusin on IMDb
  • Music video sampler: Mountain Dance on YouTube
  • Dave Grusin Archive
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