Jack Marshall (composer)

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Jack Marshall
Birth name Jack Wilton Marshall
Born (1921-11-23)November 23, 1921
El Dorado, Kansas, U.S.
Died September 20, 1973(1973-09-20) (aged 51)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Musician, conductor, composer
Instruments Guitar
Labels Capitol

Jack Wilton Marshall (November 23, 1921 – September 20, 1973) was an American guitarist, conductor, and composer. He was the father of producer-director Frank Marshall and composer Phil Marshall.


Born in El Dorado, Kansas, Marshall was one of Capitol Records' top producers in the late 1950s and 1960s. He also released a number of albums under his own name that featured his own finger-style jazz guitar playing. He was a close friend of Howard Roberts and Jack Sheldon, and produced several of their best albums on Capitol. He wrote his own arrangements, many of which had a big-band, jazzy sound to them. He was officially credited with the arrangement for Peggy Lee's "Fever", although it is now believed that Lee herself was primarily responsible for that arrangement, while it was Marshall who arranged the other tunes recorded on the session.[1]

Marshall is perhaps best known for composing the theme and incidental music for the 1960s TV series The Munsters and the 1966 tie-in film Munster, Go Home! (the theme music was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1965).[2] He also composed music for the movies The Missouri Traveler (1958), Thunder Road (1958), The Giant Gila Monster (1959) and Kona Coast (1968), as well as The Deputy, a western television series starring Henry Fonda, The Investigators and The Debbie Reynolds Show.

His interment was at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.


  • 1959 18th Century Jazz (Capitol)
  • 1959 Soundsville (Capitol)
  • 1960 The Marshall Swings (Capitol)
  • 1962 Sounds Unheard Of! (Contemporary) with Shelly Manne
  • 1963 My Son the Surf Nut (Capitol)
  • 1963 Tuff Jack (Capitol)
  • 1966 Sounds! (Capitol) with Shelly Manne

With Benny Carter

With Barney Kessel

With Shorty Rogers and André Previn


  • Marshall, Jack; Almeida, Laurindo; Heitmeyer, Howard; Hendrickson, Al; Kessel, Barney; Pitman, Bill; Bain, Bob; Roberts, Howard (1961). West Coast Guitar: Eight Original Solos for Guitar. New York: Leeds Music Corporation. ASIN B0080YPG16.
  • Marshall, Jack (1985). Authentic Brazilian Bossa Nova Guitar Arrangements. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-0793505142.


  1. ^ Santiago-Mercado, Iván. "The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography And Videography: Observations About The Song 'Fever'". Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Best Instrumental Composition (Other Than Jazz)". Grammy Awards 1965. Awards & Shows. Retrieved 27 January 2016.

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