Jun 30, 2020
By Christine Ross
Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Johnny Mandel has died.
The arranger and musician whose songwriting credits include the theme song for the TV show and movie MASH, died from heart related complications. He was 94.
As an arranger, Mandel worked with some of the greatest singers of his time.
He played trombone and trumpet with such big band and jazz artists as Jimmy Dorsey and Count Basie and spent two years in the ’50s arranging music for Sid Caesar’s landmark T-V sketch program Your Show of Shows. He worked on albums by Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole and many others.
In recent years Mandel contributed arrangements for Barbara Streisand and Tony Bennett.