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Jack Nitzsche
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Musician
    (April 22, 1937-August 25, 2000)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name was Bernard Alfred Nitzsche
    Pianist/arranger/songwriter
    Member of Crazy Horse
    Played on records by Phil Spector, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young
    Co-wrote the songs 'Needles and Pins' and 'Up Where We Belong'
    Composed scores for 'Village of the Giants' (1965), 'Performance' (1970), 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' (1975), 'Hardcore' (1979), 'An Officer and a Gentleman' (1982), '9-1/2 Weeks' (1986), 'Blue Sky' (1994) and 'The Crossing Guard' (1995)
    Recorded the single 'The Lonely Surfer' (1963)
    He was a one-hit wonder as a performer
    He and Neil Young stopped working together after he castigated Young in a drunken interview (1974).
    He was arrested for assaulting Carrie Snodgress (1979).
    He was busted on an episode of COPS and was noticeably drunk during the arrest.
    Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham said of his work with the band, 'If I were to try to define his contribution, I'd say he provided the glue and the inspiration.'
    He won an Oscar for Best Song for 'Up Where We Belong.'
    He commented, 'When I look at a list of all the stuff I've done, it really does blow my mind. I really did a lot of stuff and nobody knows it.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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