Dave Grusin and Earle Hagen were honored for their musical contributions to film and TV by the American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers Friday night at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.
Grusin, a nine-time Grammy winner who has scored “On Golden Pond,” “Tootsie,” “Reds” and “Heaven Can Wait,” was saluted by director Sydney Pollack (Grusin’s musical collaborator on 10 films), lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman, musicians Tom Scott and Lee Ritenour and vocal group Inner Voices.
Paying tribute to Hagen — whose classic TV themes include “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That Girl” and “The Mod Squad” — were fellow composer Bruce Babcock, BMI VP Doreen Ringer Ross and two stars from TV series he scored: Robert Culp of “I Spy” and Marjorie Lord of “The Danny Thomas Show.”
Some 200 of the town’s top arranging and composing talent — including such luminaries as Neal Hefti, Pete Rugolo, Benny Carter, Johnny Mandel and David Raksin — attended. Arrangers Society prexy Ian Fraser emceed.