Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer
|Born||December 12, 1941
Troy, New York, United States
|Died||October 16, 2014 (aged 72)
Sayre, Pennsylvania, United States
|Genres||Jazz, pop, Doo Wop|
|Associated acts||The Manhattan Transfer|
Hauser was born in Troy, New York. He, his sister Fayette, and their parents moved to the Jersey Shore when he was seven years old. He lived in Ocean Township, New Jersey and Asbury Park, New Jersey, and attended St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey, where an award in his name has been given every year since 1989 to students who excel in theater arts.
He began to sing professionally at age 15 while living in Asbury Park, when he founded a doo-wop vocal quintet called The Criterions. The Criterions recorded two singles for the Cecilia Label; “I Remain Truly Yours”, and “Don’t Say Goodbye”. They also appeared on Alan Freed‘s Big Beat Show. Hauser developed his producing skills at an early age.
In 1959, Hauser entered Villanova University. His college years were a continuation of the musical involvement he had started to develop, spending much of his college time energetically expanding his musical interests. Hauser, along with fellow Criterions members Tommy West and Jim Ruf, performed as the Troubadours Three, singing folk music. He also was a member of the Villanova Singers and the Villanova Spires/Coventry Lads, along with classmate Jim Croce. Hauser spent all four years on the staff of college radio station WWVU. In 1963, he graduated from Villanova with a BS in economics.
In 1964, Hauser served in the United States Air Force and the New Jersey Air National Guard. In 1965, he began his career in marketing. From 1965–66, Hauser worked as a market research analyst with the advertising agency Sullivan, Stauffer, Colwell, and Bayles. His accounts included Pepsodent Toothpaste (Lever Bros.), Micrin Mouthwash (Johnson & Johnson), and Rise Shaving Cream (Carter Products). From 1966–1968, he worked as manager of the Market Research Department for the Special Products Division of Nabisco. His accounts included all ready to eat cereals, hot cereals, and pet food products.
In 1969, he formed the first version of The Manhattan Transfer with Gene Pistilli, Marty Nelson, Erin Dickins and Pat Rosalia. The group had a country/R&B sound. Together they recorded one album, Jukin’, on the Capitol label. However, they differed in ideas on direction so the group dissolved in the early 70s.
Hauser took odd jobs to support himself while still pursuing his musical career, including driving a taxicab. Through this he met a waitress and aspiring singer, Laurel Massé. Hauser was again driving his cab when he picked up the conga player for the group Laurel Canyon, who invited him to a party, where he met Janis Siegel. Together with Laurel, they decided to reform The Manhattan Transfer. They needed a male singer, so they contacted Alan Paul. The four became The Manhattan Transfer on October 1, 1972. After a car accident, Massé decided to leave the group and pursue a solo career, and in 1978 Cheryl Bentyne was hired to replace her. Since then the award-winning line-up has been mostly unchanged, with only occasional substitutions due to group member illnesses.
The Manhattan Transfer have won 10 Grammy Awards, and many Gold and Platinum records. They took home both the Downbeat and Playboy readers polls every year in the 1980s for best vocal group. In 2007, they won the JazzTimes Readers Poll for best vocal group. When Ahmet Ertegün founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he selected Hauser to serve on the original voting committee, a position he held for three years (1986–88). In 1993, Hauser was awarded an honorary Doctor’s Degree in Music from The Berklee College of Music.
- Jump up^ “JazzTrenzz : Between Sets with Tim Hauser and Alan Paul”. Jazz News Daily. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
- Jump up^ Lally, Michael. It’s Not Nostalgia: Poetry & Prose, p. 160. David R. Godine, Publisher, 1999. ISBN 1-57423-111-1. Accessed July 28, 2011. “Turns out Hauser went to Saint Rose’s High School in Belmar, New Jersey, where I served mass every summer when I stayed down my grandmother’s house in South Belmar. I went to St. Rose’s summer school when the priest who taught Latin at my high school in Newark failed me, because he thought it would be good for me to spend the summer in school.”
- Jump up^ Williams, Candy. “Manhattan Transfer keeps it swinging with Greensburg show”, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 4, 2009. Accessed July 28, 2011. “Even before he founded the quartet, Hauser was singing professionally since age 15, when as a teenager living with his family in Asbury Park, N.J., he started up a rock ‘n’ roll quintet called the Criterions.”
- Jump up^ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/arts/music/tim-hauser-the-founder-of-the-manhattan-transfer-dies-at-72.html?ref=obituaries&_r=0
- Jump up^ Jordan, Chris (October 16, 2014). “Shore’s Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer has died”. Asbury Park Press. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
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