Jack Nitzsche (1937-2000)
He also worked with innumerable artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones (he played tambourine on Sympathy For The Devil), the Neville Brothers, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Graham Parker, Leo Kottke, etc, etc.
Jack had albums of his own, the first of which was The Lonely Surfer during the early sixties. He also co-wrote the well known song Needles and Pins with Sony Bono. And more substantially, he spent part of the sixties working with Phil Spector on a range of projects for a number of well-known artists.
Perhaps his biggest honor was the Academy Award for writing Up Where We Belong for the film An Officer and a Gentleman. He also did soundtrack work on many films, including One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Exorcist, Blue Collar, Starman and many others.
Unfortunately Jack's last publicized attempt to work with Neil a few years ago didn't work out. According to Jack, "We talked and we played around, did stuff. I gave him what I wanted to do and he was very excited. But he came up with two songs and neither one of them have got it. I told him the truth. And that was the end of me as producer. Anyway, he's too rich to listen."
But Jack remained a family friend of Neil's extended family. He'll be missed.
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