|Birth name||Timothy DuPron Hauser|
December 12, 1941|
Troy, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 16, 2014
|Genres||Jazz, pop, doo wop|
|Associated acts||The Manhattan Transfer|
Timothy DuPron Hauser (December 12, 1941 – October 16, 2014) was a singer and founding member of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. He won ten Grammy Awards as a member of The Manhattan Transfer.
Hauser was born in Troy, New York. He, his sister Fayette, and their parents moved to the Jersey Shore when he was seven years old. He lived in Ocean Township, New Jersey, and Asbury Park and attended St. Rose High School in Belmar, where an award in his name has been given every year since 1989 to students who excel in theater arts.
When he was fifteen, he began to sing professionally. He founded a doo-wop quartet named The Criterions which recorded two singles for the Cecilia label: "I Remain Truly Yours" and "Don't Say Goodbye". The group appeared on Alan Freed's Big Beat Show.
In 1959, he entered Villanova University. With Tommy West and Jim Ruf, both from The Criterions, he formed the folk group the Troubadours Three. He also was a member of the Villanova Singers and the Villanova Spires/Coventry Lads with classmate Jim Croce. He spent four years on the staff of college radio station WWVU. In 1963, he graduated from Villanova with a degree in economics.
In 1964, Hauser served in the United States Air Force and the New Jersey Air National Guard. In 1965, he began his career in marketing. From 1965–66, Hauser worked as a market research analyst with the advertising agency Sullivan, Stauffer, Colwell, and Bayles. His accounts included Pepsodent Toothpaste (Lever Bros.), Micrin Mouthwash (Johnson & Johnson), and Rise Shaving Cream (Carter Products). From 1966–1968, he worked as manager of the Market Research Department for the Special Products Division of Nabisco. His accounts included cereal and pet food.
In 1969, he formed the first version of The Manhattan Transfer with Gene Pistilli, Marty Nelson, Erin Dickins, and Pat Rosalia. The group had a jazz/R&B sound and recorded one album, Jukin' , for Capitol Records under manager Richard Flanzer. However, this version of the group dissolved after one album.
Hauser drove a cab to support himself while pursuing a music career. Through this job, he met Laurel Massé, a waitress and aspiring singer. Hauser was again driving his cab when he picked up the conga player for the group Laurel Canyon, who invited him to a party where he met Janis Siegel. With Massé they reformed The Manhattan Transfer. They needed a male singer, so they contacted Alan Paul. The four became The Manhattan Transfer on October 1, 1972. After a car accident, Massé decided to leave the group and pursue a solo career, and in 1978 Cheryl Bentyne was hired to replace her. From then on, the line-up was mostly unchanged, with only occasional substitutions due to illness.
The Manhattan Transfer won ten Grammy Awards and many Gold and Platinum records. They won the Downbeat and Playboy readers' polls every year in the 1980s for best vocal group. In 2007, they won the JazzTimes Readers' Poll for best vocal group. When Ahmet Ertegün founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he selected Hauser to serve on the voting committee, a position he held for three years (1986–89). In 1993, Hauser was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music.
- "JazzTrenzz : Between Sets with Tim Hauser and Alan Paul". Jazz News Daily. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
- Lally, Michael. It's Not Nostalgia: Poetry & Prose, p. 160. David R. Godine, Publisher, 1999. ISBN 1-57423-111-1. Accessed July 28, 2011. "Turns out Hauser went to Saint Rose's High School in Belmar, New Jersey, where I served mass every summer when I stayed down my grandmother's house in South Belmar. I went to St. Rose's summer school when the priest who taught Latin at my high school in Newark failed me, because he thought it would be good for me to spend the summer in school."
- Williams, Candy. "Manhattan Transfer keeps it swinging with Greensburg show", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 4, 2009. Accessed July 28, 2011. "Even before he founded the quartet, Hauser was singing professionally since age 15, when as a teenager living with his family in Asbury Park, N.J., he started up a rock 'n' roll quintet called the Criterions."
- "Honorary Degree Recipients". berklee.edu. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- Jordan, Chris (October 16, 2014). "Shore's Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer has died". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
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