Johnny Mandel


The following is the text of Arthur Hamilton’s introduction of Johnny Mandel at the 2006 SCL Holiday Dinner:

Johnny Mandel has been all things to all people. He’s written for everybody, arranged for everybody, composed and conducted for television and films, arranged and produced records, written songs with a select group of lucky lyricists–in short, he’s never had a lot of spare time.

Well, he and Martha did manage to raise a lovely and loving daughter, Marissa. And, Johnny has become one of the treasured voices on the board of ASCAP. His songs are so much a part of us all that each of us feels personally connected to him.

Over the years, I have watched him grow from a really gifted composer and arranger into an icon. Let me give you an illustration: when we both were serving on the ASCAP board, it was our usual pleasure to go out and hear some live music playing in New York. We’d go into some dark club and work our way over to a table while the band was blowing. During that walk, someone in the band would recognize Johnny and mumble and point and invariably, in less than eight bars, the whole band would start to play better.

The Society of Composers & Lyricists is proud to show its respect and admiration for Johnny Mandel by naming him an ambassador.

Scores by Johnny Mandel:

  • Feature Films
  • Brenda Starr
  • Staying Alive
  • The Verdict
  • Looking To Get Out
  • Deathtrap
  • Caddyshack
  • Being There
  • Baltimore Bullet
  • Agatha
  • Freaky Friday
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea
  • Escape From Witch Mountain
  • The Last Detail
  • Souvenir
  • “W”
  • Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
  • Journey Through Rosebud
  • Cactus Molly and Lawless John
  • A New Leaf
  • The Man Who Had Power Over Women
  • M*A*S*H
  • Some Kind of a Nut
  • That Cold Day in the Park
  • Heaven With a Gun
  • Point Blank
  • Pretty Poison
  • American Dream
  • Harper
  • The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
  • The Sandpiper
  • The Americanization of Emily
  • Drums of Africa
  • The Lawbreaker
  • The Third Voice
  • I Want To Live
  • Movies For Television
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Single Women, Married Men
  • The Great Escape (4 hour)
  • Assault and Matrimony
  • Foxfire
  • LBJ
  • Christmas Eve
  • A Letter To Three Wives
  • Eva Peron: First Lady (4 hour)
  • Television Series
  • Jack and Mike
  • Amazing Stories
  • Too Close For Comfort
  • M*A*S*H
  • Banyon
  • Grandpa, Mom, Dad and Ritchie
  • Call Home
  • Markham
  • Turnpike
  • Miami Undercover
  • Mr. Roberts
  • Ben Casey
  • Gannon