NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Tim Hauser founder and singer of the legendary Grammy-winning jazz and swing group Manhattan Transfer, died on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 72.
A native of Troy, New York, Hauser graduated from Villanova University and did a stint in the Air Force before trying his hand at marketing in the late 1960s.
Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer in 1969 and the group released their first album "Jukin'," on Capitol Records in 1971, but the group split in 1973 over creative differences between Hauser and Gene Pistilli.
Hauser reformed the group that year with a new lineup and after developing a cult following, was signed by Ahmet Ertegün for Atlantic. Their first release on Atlantic included the hit "Operator."
The group would go on to win multiple Grammy Awards for pop and jazz over the years with their 1985 album earning an impressive 12 nominations alone.
He is survived by his wife Barb Sennet Hauser, his son Basie and his daughter Lily.
"Eight-time Grammy winner Tim Hauser was a remarkable talent and pioneering figure in jazz vocal music. A founding member of the legendary jazz-pop quartet the Manhattan Transfer, Hauser and his bandmates have been setting the bar for vocal power and precise harmonies for more than five decades. Known for putting their unique spin on the sounds of jazz, R&B, rock, swing, and more, the Manhattan Transfer became the first group to ever win GRAMMY Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year. In addition to his impressive vocal ability, Hauser was also a gifted producer and vocal arranger. Throughout his career, his love for music and performing always prevailed, as evidenced by the group’s live shows and international popularity. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fellow group members, as well as to all who have been entertained by his exceptional talent," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.
Manhattan Transfer has indicated that they plan to continue their current tour, despite Hauser's death. Their next show is scheduled for Oct. 23rd in Manchester, New Hampshire. – Staff Writers