Jack Nitzsche, an incurable drug addict, wrote
Needles And Pins (1964) for Jackie DeShannon (and later the Searchers) and
Up Where We Belong (1982), besides his own
instrumental novelty The Lonely Surfer (1963),
which also the title of the all-instrumental album
The Lonely Surfer (1963 - Collectors Choice, 2002), cut with
Tommy Tedesco on guitar and Hal Blaine on drums.
He was hired by Phil Spector to create the orchestrations for his "wall of
sound" hits, particularly the hits by the Crystals and
Ike Turner's River Deep Mountain High (1966).
Beginning in 1964, he wrote some of the best soundtracks for Hollywood movies,
including "The Exorcist" (1972),
"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1975),
"The Jewel Of The Nile" (1985), "9 1/2 Weeks" (1986),
"Hot Spot" (1990).
His creative career peaked with the orchestral album
St Giles Cripplegate (Warner, 1972 - Initial, 1981).
Hearing Is Believing (2005) is a career retrospective.
Nitzsche died in 2000.
(Translated by Ornella C. Grannis) |
Jack Nitzsche, incurabile tossicomane, scrisse, oltre alla sua
novelty strumentale The Lonely Surfer (1963), anche Needles and
Pins (1964) per i Searchers and Up Where We Belong (1982). Fu assunto
da Phil Spector per creare le orchestrazioni dei successi del "wall
of sound" di Phil Spector, in particolare quelli delle Crystals e di
River Deep Mountain High (1966) di Ike Turner. Dal 1964 in poi ha
scritto alcune fra le migliori colonne sonore dei film di Hollywood,
incluse quelle de "L' Exorcista" (1972), "Qualcuno Volo' Sul Nido
Del Cuculo" (1975), "Il Gioiello Del Nilo" (1985), "9 Settimane E
1/2" (1986) e "Hot Spot" (1990). La sua carriera creativa si e'
limitata all'album strumentale St. Giles Cripplegate (Warner 1972 -