Martin (Marty) Louis Paich, a record producer, pianist, composer and conductor, died Aug.12 of cancer at his Santa Ynez, Calif., home. He was 70.
An Oakland native, Paich was a graduate of San Francisco State U., USC and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Art, where he graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in composition.
Following a three-year stint in the Army Air Force, Paich began his career as a jazz pianist. He produced solo albums as well as working with other top musicians.
He arranged many of the recordings of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Carly Simon, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Loggins and Toto.
In 1982 Paich was nominated for a Grammy for his arrangement of Loggins’ “Only a Miracle” only to lose to his son, David, for Toto’s “Rosanna.”
Paich produced and arranged “The Way We Were” for Barbra Streisand in 1973, and co-wrote and arranged for Michael Jackson. He orchestrated and conducted numerous film scores, including “Pretty Woman,” “The Fugitive” and “The Prince of Tides.”
Paich received an Emmy for his work on the series “Ironside” and also served as the musical director of “The Glen Campbell Show,” “Sonny & Cher,” “The Andy Williams Show” and “The Vince Gill Christmas Special.”
In 1991, Paich received an Arranger’s Award from the Singers’ Salute to Songwriters for a lifetime of musical achievement. At the same ceremony, Cole Porter was honored as an American legend.
“Having my name next to Cole Porter’s is practically like having it next to Jesus Christ,” Paich said at the time.
Paich is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to San Lorenzo Seminary, 18032 Sky Dr., Santa Ynez, CA 93463 or to the Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation Research, 300 West Pueblo, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.