August 31, 2011

ASCAP Mourns Renowned Orchestrator Jack Hayes (1919 - 2011)

Jack Hayes (center) with Michael Giacchino and ASCAP's Nancy Knutsen

Jack Hayes (center) with Michael Giacchino and ASCAP's Nancy Knutsen, at a 2009 ASMAC event celebrating Hayes's 90th birthday.

ASCAP member Jack Hayes, a beloved film and television music orchestrator whose career spanned more than five decades, has passed away. He was 92. Hayes orchestrated a remarkable number of classic films over his lifetime, and also composed beloved TV themes and scores for Happy Days, Gunsmoke and Laverne & Shirley, among others.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) recently posted two loving remembrances of Hayes by his fellow ASCAP/SCL members Dan Foliart and Michael Giacchino. They've graciously allowed us to reprint them here.

From ASCAP Board member/SCL President Dan Foliart:
I was a saddened to learn of the passing of Jack Hayes. Without Jack, the body of work left behind by many of our luminaries, past and present, would be lacking many of the essential qualities that makes it what it is. We marvel at the magic that Jack so seamlessly brought to the scores with his unmistakable orchestrations. My personal experience with Jack's music goes back to my work at Paramount Studios in the early eighties, where Jack was active in many of the successful series from that era. Jack's craft became immediately apparent to me, with his masterful orchestrations and the lively spirit embodied in his original compositions that are still playing to this day.

Just a small sampling of his amazing work as an orchestrator spans the history of cinema over the last 60 years. The Natural, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Gun Fight at the OK Corral, The Comancheros, Riverboat, Donovan's Reef, Hawaii, Casino Royale and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The composers that he has worked with are too numerous to mention, but just a few were Burt Bacharach, Elmer Bernstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Henry Mancini, John Morris, Alfred Newman, Randy Newman and Lalo Schifrin.

As a composer for television, Jack composed the scores for such favorites as The Virginian and Quincy. He received an Oscar nomination for his musical adaptation of The Unsinkable Molly Brown and for his work on The Color Purple.

Michael Giacchino incorporated Jack's magic into many of his scores, including the Oscar-nominated Ratatouille, The Incredibles and the Oscar winner Up. Michael was instrumental in keeping Jack active into the final years of his life, letting him do what he did best. I am proud that the SCL recognized Jack in 2009 and we were able to celebrate his remarkable career.

From ASCAP Member Michael Giacchino:
As I am sure that many of you are aware, our beloved friend and orchestrator Jack Hayes has passed away. Rarely in life are you given the opportunity to learn from a true master. Jack not only demonstrated a mastery of his craft, but also showed us the qualities of a true gentleman. He unknowingly and unselfishly always gave us something to aspire to not only in art, but in life as well.

I am proud to have worked with him for the past eight years, and I know I speak for us all when I say that I will miss the generosity and the incredible spirit that followed him into the room every time he entered. Working into his nineties, he never lost his love of music and was a prime example of "do what you love."

Goodbye Jack. Wherever you are now, I am sure it sounds beautiful.


Read the full tribute to Jack Hayes on the SCL website:

If you'd like to review a bit of what Jack accomplished in his work life (he had quite an accomplished personal life as well), have a look at this link: