|Birth name||Robert David Grusin|
|Born||June 26, 1934|
Littleton, Colorado, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, contemporary jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, producer|
Robert David "Dave" Grusin (born June 26,[a] 1934) is an American composer, arranger, producer, jazz pianist, and band leader. 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 10 Grammy Awards. In 1978, Grusin founded GRP Records with Larry Rosen, and was an early pioneer of digital recording.
Grusin was born in Littleton, Colorado, to Henri and Rosabelle (née de Poyster) Grusin. His mother was a pianist and his father was a violinist from Riga, Latvia. Grusin has one Jewish parent.
Grusin studied music at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his degree in 1956. Grusin's teachers included Cecil Effinger and Wayne Scott, pianist, arranger and professor of jazz.
Grusin produced his first single in 1962, "Subways Are for Sleeping", and his first film score, for Divorce American Style, in 1967. Other scores followed, including The Graduate (1967), Winning (1969), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), The Midnight Man (1974), and Three Days of the Condor (1975).
In 1978, Grusin founded GRP Records with his business partner, Larry Rosen, and began to produce some of the first commercial digital recordings. Grusin was the composer for 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. Grusin composed the musical signatures for the 1984 TriStar Pictures logo and the 1993 Columbia Pictures Television logo.
In 1998, Grusin ranked No. 5 and No. 8 on Billboard's Top 10 Jazz Artists, at mid-year and at year's end, respectively, based on sales of his album, "Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story."
From 2000-11, Grusin concentrated on composing classical and jazz compositions, touring and recording with collaborators, including jazz singer and lyricist Lorraine Feather and guitarist Lee Ritenour. Their album Harlequin won a Grammy Award in 1985. Their classical crossover albums, Two Worlds and Amparo, were nominated for Grammys.
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 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 Grusin 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. He composed the original opening fanfare for film studio TriStar Pictures.
Grusin composed theme music for the TV programs Good Morning World (American TV series) (1967), It Takes a Thief (1968), The Name of the Game (1968), Dan August (1970), The Sandy Duncan Show (1971–72), Maude (1972), Good Times (1974), Baretta (1975), Alice (1976), St. Elsewhere (1982), and, for Televisa in Mexico, Tres Generaciones (1987). He composed music for individual episodes of each of those shows. Grusin's other TV credits include The Wild Wild West (1966), The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), and Columbo: Prescription: Murder (1968). He composed and performed the theme song for One Life to Live (1968) during the 1984/1985 seasons. Grusin wrote the music for the This Is America, Charlie Brown episode "The Smithsonian and the Presidency", and two of the cues from the episode "History Lesson" and "Breadline Blues" (the latter covered by Kenny G) appear on the tribute album Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown.
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.
Grusin 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 1991.
Dave Grusin has been married to Nan Newton for many years and has three adult children, Scott Grusin, Michael Grusin, and Stuart Grusin. He is also the stepfather of Nan's adult daughter, Annie Vought. Grusin is the subject of a 2018 feature-length documentary entitled “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time.”
Over a 15-year period from 1979 to 1994, Grusin won one Academy Award, and received a further 7 nominations. In total, he has been nominated for 38 Grammy Awards, and won on 10 occasions.
With Patti Austin
With the Brothers Johnson
With Tom Browne
With Don Grusin
With Quincy Jones
With John Klemmer
With Earl Klugh
With Jon Lucien
With Harvey Mason
With Carmen McRae
With Sergio Mendes
With Lee Ritenour
With James Taylor
With Dave Valentin
With Sadao Watanabe
|1967||Divorce American Style||Bud Yorkin||Columbia Pictures|
|Waterhole No. 3||William A. Graham||Paramount Pictures|
|The Graduate||Mike Nichols||Embassy Pictures|
|The Scorpio Letters||Richard Thorpe||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer|
|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
|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
|The Friends of Eddie Coyle||Peter Yates||Paramount Pictures|
|1974||The Death Squad||Harry Falk||ABC
|The Nickel Ride||Robert Mulligan||20th Century Fox|
|The Midnight Man||Roland Kibbee
|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||Warner Bros.|
|1978||Heaven Can Wait||Warren Beatty
|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||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures|
|1980||My Bodyguard||Tony Bill||20th Century Fox|
|1981||On Golden Pond||Mark Rydell||Associated Film Distribution||Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|Reds||Warren Beatty||Paramount Pictures|
|Absence of Malice||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures|
|1982||Author! Author!||Arthur Hiller||20th Century Fox|
|Tootsie||Sydney Pollack||Columbia Pictures|
|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|
|The Pope of Greenwich Village||Stuart Rosenberg||United Artists|
|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|
|The 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|
|2006||Even Money||Mark Rydell||Yari Film Group|
|2008||Recount||Jay Roach||HBO||Television film|
Julie Bergman Sender
|2013||Skating to New York||Charles Minsky||Well Go USA Entertainment|