Remembering Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer


10/16–This morning, the music world lost Tim Hauser (pictured above, bottom right) of Manhattan Transfer. As many of you know, “ManTran” and The 5th Dimension have many fans in common–the mix of guys and gals and their dexterous uplifting harmonies, their early staged choreography and overall versatility…and certainly the Jazzier moments of The 5th like “Sky and Sea” and “Dimension 5ive” were “very ManTran” before the quartet even formed! LaMonte McLemore tells in his memoir FROM HOBO FLATS TO THE 5th DIMENSION that the groups’ members were friends; I have personally heard admiration for The 5th from MT singers, original member Laurel Masse as well as Janis Siegel. Also, the renowned 5th vocal arranger Bob Alcivar worked on special projects for “the Transfer.”

Tim was a warm, down-to-earth man who I had the pleasure to interview early in my media career backstage at Long Island’s “Westbury Music Fair”–he truly had passion for his work and loved to share his panoramic knowledge of music and performance.  Tim Hauser’s textured sound, keen vision and “Joy Spring” will live forever.  The 5th Dimension Family & Fans extend their condolences and prayerful thoughts as we offer “Dimension 5ive” in tribute to this music legend and founder of Manhattan Transfer.  –Robert-Allan Arno


3 responses to “Remembering Tim Hauser of Manhattan Transfer

  1. Pingback: Manhattan Transfer – Live In Basel, Switzerland 2006 – RIP: Tim Hauser – Nights At The Roundtable: Tribute Edition | Past Daily

  2. Dale Kocik How sad. The music world has lost a great talent and person.

    Renee T Armstead Oh I hate to hear this. RIP Tim.

    Douglas C. Charles Very sad news.

    Charlo Crossley Fortier Jazz vocal groups taking crushing losses. The Lord be with us all. RIP Tim Hauser.

    Patricia Correa
    My condolences are sent to his family and friends. R.I.P. :((((
    October 16 at 6:32pm · Unlike · 1

    Estes John I am so sad to hear this. RIP Tim Your voice will live on forever

    Evelyn Geatros So sad another great gone RIP Tim!!

    Alain Baptiste Much respect to a great musician. Our sympathies.

  3. A few years back I flew to New Zealand mainly to watch M.T. perform in concert. The flight was from Australia. On my arrival I had discovered that M.T. had added Australia to it’s tour iteniary. To this day I have no regrets as the concert I saw was beyond belief. I even mangaged to get an enormous tour poster. Yet to top it all off I had the opportunity to meet with both Cheryl and Tim after the show. Both singers were absolutely charming and so generous with their time. I talked music with Tim and asked if he ever intended to do a solo album. A few years later this was to come true. I remember him as such a warm gentleman and a man of modesty, manners and the uptmost courtesy. Thank you Tim, and Cheryl for your kindness. You have provided a life-time memory. My thoughts go out to Tim’s family and friends as although my 10 minutes was brief it was enough to appreciate what an absolute wonderful man this talented performer was.

    With thanks and sincere condolences
    Jeremy from Tassie