Haskell entered the musical business through being hired to do arrangements with Imperial Records. He became the arranger of choice for Ricky Nelson but received no credit [NOT TRUE—he did receive credit on the back of the album covers of Nelson's Imperial LPs].
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.
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.
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956) (musician)
- The Alamo (1960) (musician)
- The Hollywood Squares (1965) (composer)
- Bewitched (1966) (composer)
- The Andy Williams Show (1968) (composer)
- The Doris Day Show (1968) (composer)
- Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) (composer)
- Land of the Lost (1974) (composer)
- Animalympics (1980) (additional composer and orchestrator)
- The Color Purple (1985) (orchestrator and adaptor for the score)
- Big (1988) (additional music arrangement)
- Spy Hard (1996) (music conductor for the theme)
- Silent Möbius (1998) (main composer with Suzie Katayama and Kenichi Sudo)
- Jimmie Haskell - Biography
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