Arranger Extraordinaire

Jeremy Lubbock

John Lubbock, John Kurlander, George Martin, Quincy Jones, Jeremy Lubbock and Tony McAnany (l to r)

On Jeremy...

When a record becomes a hit, it's usually the songwriters, producers and the performer who garner most of the acclaim, while one of the most important cogs in the hitmaking machinery - the arranger - goes virtually unnoticed.

Along with the producer, it's the arranger who helps shape the song in the studio, fleshing out the songwriter's melody, framing the song with the proper instrumentation and creating the proper mood - be it a dance record or a big ballad - eventually turning the song into something that lodges itself in the ears of the record-buying public.

One of the best of these behind-the-scenes maestros is British-born Jeremy Lubbock. A highly respected arranger, producer and songwriter, Lubbock has established himself as a unique and important presence in popular music with his uncanny ability to work in a wide variety of musical styles. A list of his credits not only shows off his incredible versatility, but it also reads like a 'Who's Who' of pop music.

A Majestic Slice Of Life...

A gifted and largely self-taught pianist, Lubbock displayed an extraordinary gift for music in early childhood. He gained his first exposure to music at age three, when his father, a fine classical musician himself, began ear-training exercises for his son that soon developed into a wide appreciation of and a consuming passion for musical exploration and composition. Although the first sixteen years of his musical life was devoted almost entirely to classical music, in his late teens he discovered jazz and the great American song writers.

He launched his professional career as a pianist and vocalist performing in such venues as Les Ambassadeurs Club in London and The Blue Note in Paris while working his way through school at Oxford University and the London Architectural Association. ( At one stage it was uncertain whether his profession would be architecture or music ). In 1953, an agent landed Lubbock a single recording deal to sing "Catch a Falling Star", produced by Beatles producer George Martin. The song served to help Lubbock "get his foot in the door". In the 50's and 60's, he traveled throughout the world playing clubs, soaking up various musical influences and honing his skills, in particular his talent for arranging. By the early 70's, Lubbock's flair for arranging landed him freelance work for the two major television companies in London - the BBC and ITV. In this capacity, he utilized his classical background while working with big band and radio orchestras. But as Lubbock's reputation for quality work began to grow, he began to realise that only in America would he find the scope and range of work he wanted.

Impressed by Lubbock's versatility and talent, noted composer and arranger Don Specht invited him to move to the States, where there were more opportunities to utilize his gifts. In 1977 Lubbock took the plunge and moved to Los Angeles with his family. The move to America proved to be auspicious. Specht introduced him to Joni Mitchell's then producer Henry Lewy, who invited the newcomer to work on Mitchell's "Mingus" album (1979) and to arrange Minnie Riperton's final album "Minnie". His fresh approach to these projects caught the attention of producers Quincy Jones and David Foster, who enlisted his help on a number of prestigious releases. These included, for Foster, "Chicago 16", "17", and "18", and for Jones the "ET" album narrated by Michael Jackson.

In addition to working with the biggest stars in the music business, Lubbock has also received many accolades from his peers. In 1984, Lubbock won arranging Grammys for Chicago's "Hard Habit to Break" and for the Olympic Gymnastics Theme "Grace", and in 1994 for "When I Fall in Love" from "Sleepless in Seattle". During the course of his career, he has received eleven additional nominations: a co-nomination with Harvey Mason for "Wave" in 1979; a co-nomination with Jay Graydon and David Foster for Al Jarreau's "Mornin' " in 1983; a nomination for his vocal arrangement for Manhattan Transfer's "The Night that Monk Returned to Heaven" in 1983; for Diane Schuur's "A Time for Love" in 1986: as producer for CBS Masterworks' "South Pacific" in 1987;for Patti Austin's "Alone in the World" in 1991; for Diane Schuur's "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" 1992.

1994 was exceptional for Lubbock, in that he received three Grammy nominations out of a possible five in his category; for Barbra Streisand's "Luck Be a Lady Tonight", Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" and "When I Fall In Love" from "Sleepless in Seattle", which won him his third Grammy.

He has also received a 1999 nomination for Barbra Streisand's "I Believe" / "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the "Higher Ground" album.

Songwriting - both music and lyrics - has also played an important role in Lubbock's career. His song "The Best of Me", written in collaboration with David Foster and Richard Marx, and recorded by longtime British pop sensation Cliff Richard, debuted at #2 on the British charts in the summer of 1989. It was also recorded by Barry Manilow for his box-set album. His most recent success has been "With Your Hand Upon My Heart" for Patti Labelle and Michael Crawford and "Ayer" for Luis Miguel, which in its English incarnation ("All That My Heart Can Hold") is being recorded by Wendy Moten. He also wrote "Not Like This" for Al Jarreau, "Healing" for Deniece Williams, as well as songs for Jennifer Holliday, Manhattan Transfer, Neil Diamond and James Ingram.

A Closer Look...

Photographs of Jeremy's Sales Awards and Nominations
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Whitney Houston
The Bodyguard
Waiting To Exhale
Tony Braxton
Secrets
Pat Metheny
‍Secret 
Sleepless In Seattle
Neil Diamond
The Best Years Of
Our Lives
Michael Jackson
History
Michael Bolton
Timeless
Madonna
I'm Breathless
Madonna
Erotica
Luther Vandross
Songs
Kenny Rogers
What About Me
Kenny & Dolly
Once Upon
A Christmas
Julio Iglesias
1100 Bel Air Place
James Ingram
It's Your Night
Al Jarreau
Jarreau
Disney's Hercules
Go The Distance
Chris Botti
To Love Again
Madonna
Something To
Remember
Chris Botti
When I Fall In Love
Chicago 17
Chicago 16
Celine Dion
Let's Talk About
Love
Celine Dion
These Are
Special Times
Barbra Streisand
Back To Broadway
Barbra Streisand
Higher Ground
Barbra Streisand
The
Broadway Album
Whitney Houston
I will Always
Love You
American Society
Of Music Arrangers
and Composers
Oscar Nomination
The Color Purple
Grammy Nomination
Barbra Streisand
Grammy Nomination
Carmen Lundy
Grammy Nomination
Dianne Schuur
Grammy Nomination
Nancy Wilson
Grammy Nomination
Patti Austin
Grammy Nomination
Barbra Streisand

Discography

A Veritable Body Of Work

Grammy Awards
& Nominations

1984
Chicago
Hard Habit to Break


1984
Grace
Olympic Gymnastics Theme


1986
Oscar Nomination:
The Color Purple


1994
Celine Dion / Clive Griffin
When I Fall In Love

Films

Color Purple - Warner Bros
Nuts - Warner Bros

Rocky V - MGM

Listen to Me - Weintraub
Stealing Home - Weintraub

Without a Trace - Jaffe / Lansing

Any Man's Death - Goldenberg

With Honors - Warner Bros

Waiting To Exhale - 20th Century Fox

Dear God - Paramount

Artists

Aaron Hall
Al Jarreau
Andy Williams
Backstreet Boys
Barbra Streisand
Bebe & Cece
Winans
Blackstreet
Boyz II Men
Brandy
Celine Dion
Charles Aznavour
Chicago
David Foster
David Roberts
Debra Cox
Deniece Williams
Diana Ross
Diane Schuur
Dionne Warwick
Djavan
Dolly Parton
Elton John
Glen Madieros
James Ingram
Jeffrey Osbourne
Jennifer Holliday
Jermaine Jackson
John Secada
Johnny Mathis
Joni Mitchell
Jose Feliciano
Josh Groban
Juice Newton
Julia Fordham
Julio Iglesias
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Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

Kenny Rogers
Kirk Franklin
Lee Ritenour
Leonard Cohen
Linda Ronstadt
Lionel Richie
Lou Rawls
Luther Vandross
Madonna
Manhattan Transfer
Maria Carey
Melissa Manchester
Michael Bolton
Michael Jackson
Michael Johnson
Milt Jackson
Nancy Wilson
Natalie Cole
Neil Diamond
Olivia
Newton-John
P Diddy
Pat Metheny
Paul Anka
Ray Charles
Russell Watson
Sandi Patti
Sergio Mendes
Sheena Easton
Simone
Stephen Bishop
Sting
Teena Marie
The Four Tops
Tom Jones
Tommy Page
Toni Braxton
Vesta Williams
Whitney Houston

Compositions

The Best of Me
Cliff Richard
Kenny Rogers
Olivia Newton-John
David Foster
Phil Perry

Not Like This
Al Jarreau

Whatever We Imagine
James Ingram

Healing
Deniece Williams

Goodbye Love
Manhattan Transfer

Home To Stay
Josh Groban

The Sound of Love
Jennifer Holliday

Just for Once
Sometimes

Julia Migenes

This Time
Neil Diamond

Ayer
Luis Miguel

All That My Heart Can Hold
Wendy Moton

With Your Hand Upon My Heart
Michael Crawford & Patti LaBelle

Closer detail...

Some Detail On The Albums
Arranged And Produced
  • Two songs on Celine Dion's Christmas album, one of which he co-produced with David Foster.
  • Orchestral arrangement for P Diddy's remake of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" for "Godzilla".
  • Two songs for Boyz II Men's last album.
  • Five songs for Blackstreet on Teddy Riley's label.
  • Seven songs for Barbra Streisand's "Higher Ground" album, of which he co-produced one.
  • The end title song for Whitney Houston for "The Preacher's Wife".
  • Seven songs for Toni Braxton's "Babyface "produced album "Secrets".
  • Five songs for "Waiting To Exhale".
  • Two songs for Michael Jackson's "History" album.
  • Eight songs with the London Symphony Orchestra for Luther Vandross' "Songs" album.
  • The end title song ("When I Fall In Love") for "Sleepless in Seattle", for which he won a third Grammy.
    Madonna's "This Used To Be My Playground" (from "A League of Their Own") which went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart, having previously arranged for "I'm Breathless" and "Erotica".
  • Whitney Houston's "Bodyguard" album (including her record smashing single "I Will Always Love You").
  • Several songs for Rod Stewart's new "Standards" album.
  • One song for Toni Braxton's new album.
  • America The Beautiful for Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony for Superbowl 2002.
  • Two songs for Brandy's new album.
  • Three songs for Michael Jackson's
    "Invincible" album.
  • Four songs for Russell Watson's "Encore" album.
  • One song for Rufus Wainwright.
  • The Star Spangled Banner for the Backstreet Boys for Superbowl 2001.
  • One song for JewelÌs last album.
  • Two songs for Kirk FranklinÌs last
    Gospel album.
  • Eight songs for Elton John for his
    "El Dorado" album.
  • A posthumous Frank Sinatra duet with Celine Dion of "All The Way".
  • An original piece co-written with Quincy Jones for his upcoming "Best Of" album.
  • Seven songs for Kenny "Babyface"
    Edmond's Christmas album.
  • Barbra Streisand's "Back to Broadway" album.
  • His own album of original material, entitled "Awakening", including two songs by Chaka Kahn, recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road & Air Lyndhurst, London.