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Miles Goodman, Film Composer and Jazz Record Producer, Dies

August 19, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Miles Goodman, a noted jazz record producer who also composed or orchestrated for films like ``Footloose,″ ``La Bamba″ and ``Being There,″ has died at 47.

Goodman collapsed at his Brentwood home on Friday and was pronounced dead at St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center in Santa Monica, said his son, Dylan.

``There was some heart disease in the family. His father passed away from a heart attack, but he was really healthy and it was entirely unexpected,″ Dylan Goodman said.

A public memorial service was scheduled Tuesday at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles.

He was described as ``a wonderful talent″ by his cousin, Johnny Mandel, a film composer who won the Academy Award for the song ``The Shadow of Your Smile″ in the 1965 film ``The Sandpiper.″

Born in Los Angeles in 1949, Goodman was an English graduate of Antioch College in Ohio. He became interested in film scoring through Mandel.

``He was very eclectic in his musical tastes. Before film scoring he was very attracted to jazz, Brazilian music and theater. He started life as a songwriter,″ Mandel said.

In 1969, Goodman, then an aspiring director, was studying Shakespeare in London at the same time Mandel was scoring a movie. Goodman became intrigued with the process. He returned to Los Angeles to study music and film scoring privately.

There he met Oscar Castro-Neves, his friend and music partner of 30 years.

``He started from ground zero: `This is a middle C,′ and became ... a great musician,″ Castro-Neves said. ``He was a very inspired composer with a great ability to write melodies and a great orchestral talent.″

Goodman worked with Mandel on the music for such movies as ``Being There″ and ``The Verdict.″ He later helped orchestrate or score for films ranging from ``Footloose″ and ``La Bamba″ to the upcoming comedies ```Til There Was You″ and ``Larger Than Life,″ starring Bill Murray.

About five years ago he and Castro-Neves began co-producing a series of well-reviewed jazz albums. He and Castro-Neves arranged 12 songs by jazz singer Billie Holiday for ``The Billie Holiday Songbook,″ which was a critical and sales hit, and ``Color and Light: Jazz Sketches on Sondheim,″ which featured jazz artists interpreting the works of Stephen Sondheim.

Goodman also finished several albums, scheduled for release next year, featuring cellist Yo Yo Ma, soprano Kathleen Battle, pianist Ottmar Leibert and others, Castro-Neves said.

In addition to his son, he is survived by Dylan’s mother, Katherine Leiner; a daughter, Makenna Goodman; longtime companion Carie Frazier; Mandel; a brother, Leonard Goodman, and a sister, Cynthia Greenbaum.

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