Johnny Mandel is dead, a composer who in 1966 received an Oscar in the category “Best Music, Original Song” for the song “The Shadow of Your Smile” from the movie “Brodziec” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He was also the author of the music for the song “Suicide Is Painless”, whose melody resounded as the main theme of the series “M * A * S * H”. He was 94 years old.
The artist said goodbye to his Twitter account Michael Buble. “I am sorry to hear that my personal hero, Johnny Mandel, has passed away. He was a genius and one of my favorite songwriters, arrangers, and personalities,” wrote the singer.
Another singer, Michael Feinstein, also informed about Mandel’s death. “My dear friend, composer, arranger and brilliant talent in every field, Johnny Mandel is dead. The world will no longer be the same without his sense of humor, wit and crooked look at life and humanity. No one could compare with him and no one he composed or arranged like he did, “he wrote on Facebook.
In his career, Johnny Mandel has arranged songs for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole. He also composed music for over 30 films, including to Emily’s Americanization of 1964. His work is also the hit “Emily” from the soundtrack of this film. He received an Oscar for the song from the film “Brodziec”, but he was also nominated for this award for “A Time for Love” from “American Dream”.
In 1970, Mandel wrote music to a text written by 15-year-old Michael Altman, son of director Robert Altman. The song “Suicide Is Painless” was included in the soundtrack of Altman’s movie “M * A * S * H”. Later, its instrumental version was used as the main theme of the series under the same title.