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Johnny Mandel
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Johnny Mandel

Johnny Mandel (born November 23, 1925, New York) is an American composer and arranger of popular songs, film music and jazz.

Among the musicians he has worked with are Count Basie (for whom he arranged in the 1950s), Frank Sinatra (for whom he arranged Ring a Ding Ding, 1960) and Shirley Horn. In 1966 he and Paul Francis Webster won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Love Theme From The Sandpiper), performed by Tony Bennett. He won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) in 1992 for Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" and again in 1993 for Horn's "Here's to Life".

Among Mandel's compositions are "Suicide is Painless" (theme from M*A*S*H) and "A Time for Love".

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