Jack Shaindlin

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Jack Shaindlin
Born (1909-04-14)April 14, 1909
Karasubazar, Crimea, Russian Empire
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Died September 22, 1978(1978-09-22) (aged 69)
New York City, U.S
Instruments Piano
Years active 54
Labels Cinemusic, Inc,
Notable instruments
Piano, conductor, arranger, composer

Jack Shaindlin (April 14, 1909 – September 22, 1978) was a Russian-American musician, composer, arranger, conductor, and music director. He was musical director for The March of Time newsreel series.

Early life and career[edit]

Shaindlin was born in Karasubazar, Crimea, Russian Empire on April 14, 1909 to Chaim and Rachel (Golden). His father owned and operated a coal business and was possibly shot and killed during a robbery of his business. Shaindlin came to America, via Constantinople, on December 8, 1922 and entered the country under the name Jacob Scheindlin. Shaindlin began his musical career as a pianist in silent movie halls, having relocated to the United States as a young boy (Chicago) along with his mother and brother Leo by winning a music scholarship/piano competition in Russia. He became a naturalized US citizen July 28, 1934.

In the late 1940s he was musical director of the Carnegie Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He was cited by President Truman for his war contributions for his work on the documentary Tanks.

He was the founder and President of Triumph Publications, Inc. of New York City, an extensive and progressive commercial sound music recording library with affiliation to BMI. He scored numerous television and cartoon music, including such classic favorites as Deputy Dawg, Rocky and Bulwinkle, Father Knows Best and The Cisco Kid. He also composed the 1951 fanfare for Screen Gems used from 1951[1]

He was Musical Director of the Arthur Penn feature film Mickey One, starring Warren Beatty and with musical features by saxophonist Stan Getz. Shaindlin also directed a number of significant documentaries, ranging in scope from travel themes to education, health and Hollywood. Their offices were located in New York City on West 60th Street between Columbus Circle and Eighth Avenue. He collaborated with famed entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee late in her career to produce a musical review in which she intended to star in New York at the El Morocco nightclub, which in the end did not materialize, reportedly due to her health issues.

Upon formal retirement in the early 1970s he became a musical consultant to Madison Square Garden.

He is the father of hotel executive, fine art photographer, writer and composer Peter Shaindlin.

In 2008, two of his songs, "I'm Tickled Pink" and "Let's Go Sunning" were included in the game Fallout 3.[2]


Shaindlin is in some respects better known today as the conductor of two scores composed by Morton Gould for Cinerama Holiday (1954), the second Cinerama production, and Windjammer (1958), the first (and only) film produced in the rival Cinemiracle format. The original soundtrack albums from these films were released on Mercury Records and Columbia Records, respectively.

Popular Culture[edit]

The songs "I'm Tickled Pink" and "Let's Go Sunning" were featured in-game "Galaxy News Radio" station in the 2008 video game Fallout 3. "Let's Go Sunning" was used in the February 11, 2012 episode of Saturday Night Live during the "Bein' Quirky with Zooey Deschanel" comedy sketch. Due to an error, the song was misattributed to the late Cass Elliot in the sketch. The song was additionally featured in a trailer for the 2005 video game Destroy All Humans![3]

Also, the opening and closing theme of the TV series Adventures of Superman is accredited to Leon Klatzkin. For some reason, despite the Los Angeles Times listing his many compositions for television shows, some people think Klatzkin was not a composer, but a Mutel employee, a film cutter who helped film editors select appropriate tracks for their pictures and that Shaindlin may have composed the music.[4] This seems to be simply one person's misguided view. Klatzkin was a musical editor and composer.[5]

The song "Let's Go Sunning" is used anachronistically in the episode "The Good Listener" of Boardwalk Empire's fifth season,[6] set in 1931. It is audible when Nelson Van Alden's son is asking him a question for his science class.


  • Jack Shaindlin, "Don't shoot the piano player". in Film Music, 14:15, January–February 1955.
  • Who's who in World Jewry, Published by Pitman Pub. Corp., 1955.

Commercial Spots (LP) Cinemusic Inc. 1972 Percussion For Commercials / Electronic Station Logos – Instrumental Novelties (LP) Cinemusic Inc. 1972 Appears On: Pony Tale (7") Revell, Inc. 1969 Batman (LP) Power Records (4) 1975

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