Jimmie Haskell

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Jimmie Haskell (born Sheridan Pearlman, 1936, Brooklyn, New York, United States)[1] is a prolific American composer and arranger for a variety of popular singers and motion pictures.


Haskell entered the musical business through being hired to do arrangements with Imperial Records. He became the arranger of choice for Ricky Nelson and arranged such hits as "There's Nothing I Can Say". Haskell was later the arranger of choice for The Grass Roots.[2]

He entered the motion picture soundtrack industry by becoming an uncredited orchestrator for Dimitri Tiomkin's The Alamo and composed his first score the following year Love in a Goldfish Bowl. His composition The Silly Song became the theme song of American television's The Hollywood Squares.

In addition to composing and arranging, Haskell would often act as conductor and selected the musicians used.[3]


Haskell was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special (Dramatic Underscore) for See How She Runs (1978) and was received two other nominations. He was awarded Grammies for his arrangements of Ode to Billie Joe, Bridge Over Troubled Water and If You Leave Me Now.[4]



  1. ^ Jimmie Haskell - Biography
  2. ^ Jimmie Haskell memories of The Grass Roots, retrieved 2014-08-29 
  3. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com.au. 1974-05-04. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  4. ^ Los Angeles   (2004-08-27). "Jimmie Haskell: The Man Behind the Music - 2004-08-27 | News | English". Voanews.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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