Jack Nitzsche

Composer
Oscar-winning composer Jack Nitzsche's trademark eyeglasses won him the nickname 'Specs', while his memorable and groundbreaking film scores and earlier work as an arranger on some of popular music's most legendary ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Music (60)

Bridget Jones's Baby 2016 (Movie)

("Up Where We Belong") (Song)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

("Baja") (Song Performer)

The Wrecking Crew 2015 (Movie)

("Puerto Vallarta") (Song)

Easy A 2010 (Movie)

("Symphonies") (Song)

CSNY: Deja Vu 2008 (Movie)

("Shakey Pictures Fanfare") (Song)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("The Last Race") (Song)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

("The Last Race") (Song Performer)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

Main Title Theme("The Last Race") (Theme Music)

RV 2006 (Movie)

("Needles and Pins") (Song)

Yours, Mine & Ours 2005 (Movie)

("Up Where We Belong") (Song)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003 (Movie)

("Up Where We Belong") (Song)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("Up Where We Belong") (Song)

The Crossing Guard 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Blue Sky 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Middle Ages 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Mermaids 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Revenge 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hot Spot 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

The Last of the Finest 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Next of Kin 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The Seventh Sign 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Starman 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Stand By Me 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Stripper 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Whoopee Boys 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Jewel of the Nile 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Razor's Edge 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Windy City 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Windy City 1984 (Movie)

("Hit and Run Lovers") (Song)

Breathless 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Without a Trace 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

("Up Where We Belong") (Song)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Personal Best 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

Cutter's Way 1981 (Movie)

("We're Old Enough to Know") (Song Performer)

Cruising 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

("Gone Dead Train") (Song)

Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

("I Love Her Too") (Song)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

("Hard Workin' Man") (Song)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

(Music Arranger)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

("No One Knows Better Than You") (Song)

Heroes 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 (Movie)

Original Music Composer (Original Music)

The Exorcist 1973 (Movie)

Additional Music Composed by (Music)

Greaser's Palace 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Greaser's Palace 1971 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Performance 1970 (Movie)

(Music)

Performance 1970 (Movie)

songs("Wake Up Niggers" "Gone Dead Train" "Rolls Royce and Acid" "Harry Flowers" "Natural Magic" "Performance" "Poor White Hound Dog" "Turner's Murder" "Get Away" "Powis Square" "The Hashishin" "Dyed, Dead, Red") (Song)

Village of the Giants 1964 (Movie)

(Music)
Sound (4)

Mother's Day 2016 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Boom Operator)

Scary Movie 2 2001 (Movie)

(Boom Operator)

Blank Check 1994 (Movie)

(Boom Operator)

Biography

Oscar-winning composer Jack Nitzsche's trademark eyeglasses won him the nickname 'Specs', while his memorable and groundbreaking film scores and earlier work as an arranger on some of popular music's most legendary recordings made him a highly regarded if not widely known name in both the film and music industries.

Relationships

Grace May

Wife
divorced

Jack Nitzsche

Son
born in March 1960 mother. Grace Ann May

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Wife
born in 1941 married in March 1981 had son from previous marriage divorced co-wrote "Up Where We Belong"

Carrie Snodgress Actor

Companion
Nitzsche was arrested for assaulting her in the 1970s

EDUCATION

Westlake College of Music

Los Angeles , California

Howard City Elementary and High School

Michigan 1943 - 1955

Milestones

1995

Reteamed with Penn to score "The Crossing Guard"

1994

Wrote the music for the acclaimed drama "Blue Sky" (filmed in 1990)

1991

Scored Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner"

1990

Wrote an experimental jazz score for Dennis Hopper's "The Hot Spot", enlisting such superstars as Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker

1986

Composed the exceptional score for Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me"

1984

Wrote the memorable scores for the melodrama "The Razor's Edge" and the sci-fi romance "Starman"

1982

Composed the music for the film "An Officer and a Gentleman"; co-wrote the Oscar-winning hit theme "Up Where We Belong" with Buffy Sainte-Marie

1981

Wrote the score and performed the song "We're Old Enough to Know" for "Cutter's Way"

1980

Incorporated songs by the punk band The Germs into his score for the controversial "Cruising"

1975

Scored "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1973

Added three minutes of original music to the score of "The Exorcist", the only music specifically written for the film

1972

Scored Robert Downey's "Greaser's Palace"

1968

Composed the score of the rock melodrama "Performance" (released 1970), starring Mick Jagger

1967

Began association with Neil Young when he arranged and produced Buffalo Springfield's "Expecting to Fly"

1965

Debut as film composer with the score of the teenage sci-fi movie "Village of the Giants"

1962

Worked as an arranger on Phil Spector's seminal "wall of sound" recordings, including "Hits of The Beatles" (1964) and Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" (1966)

1959

Worked with Sonny Bono as an arranger at Specialty Records

1957

Relocated to Southern California to attend Westlake College of Music

Joined Young's backing group Crazy Horse as composer/arranger/pianist, also produced their first album "Crazy Horse"

Arranged and played piano and percussion on several Rolling Stones recordings, including "Out of Our Heads" (1965), "Aftermath" (1966), "Let It Bleed" and "Sticky Fingers" (1971)

Popular songs include "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Lonely Surfer".

With Bono, co-wrote "Needles and Pins", a hit for The Searchers and later for Jackie DeShannon

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