Tim Hauser, a founding member of the pop-jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday at the age of 72. The band's manager JoAnn Geffen tells the Asbury Park Press that Hauser passed away after suffering a heart attack.
The quartet's surviving members, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel, posted a joint statement on their official Facebook page that reads, "Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer. We spent more than 40 years together singing and making music, traveling the world, and sharing so many special moments throughout our lives... It's incomprehensible to think of this world without him."
Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer in 1972, and the group went on to score a handful of top 40 singles. Its biggest pop hit was the 1981 tune "The Boy from New York City," which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the band has won eight Grammy Awards over the years, and in 1981 it became the first act to take home Grammys in pop and jazz categories in the same year.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow issued his own statement about Hauser, describing him as "a remarkable talent and pioneering figure in jazz vocal music." Portnow added that "Hauser was also a gifted producer and vocal arranger. Throughout his career, his love for music and performing always prevailed, as evidenced by the group's live shows and international popularity."
Hauser is survived by his wife, Barb, as well as a son, Basie, and a daughter, Lily.
The Manhattan Transfer has announced that it will continue to tour despite Tim's passing. The group's next show is scheduled for this Thursday, October 23, in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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