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- Posted on Jan 10th 2012 12:02PM by Theo Spielberg
In the realm of classical violinists, Israel Baker was about as close to a movie star as one could get. As concertmaster for the orchestra of that scored Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho,' Baker helmed one of the most iconic pieces of score in movie history: The shrill, high-pitched violins that accompany the infamous shower scene.
In addition to scaring people out of hotel showers for over half a century, Baker contributed his generous talent to dozens of other films over the decades, including 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' in 1973 and 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' in 1984.
Baker was born Feb. 11, 1919 in Chicago, the youngest of four. According to his daughter Hilary, he made his professional debut at the age of 6. He went on to serve in the Air Force during World War II where he played as a roving violinist and took requests from hospitalized veterans in the States.
Baker outlived his first wife Caroline, though he is survived by his second wife Imelda; his daughters Hilary, Merril, and Abby; as well as five grandchildren.