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- Posted on Feb 24th 2012 1:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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According to the Los Angeles Times, Melvoin was a "first-call pianist" in Los Angeles since the early '60s. During his lengthy career, Melvoin toured internationally and released several albums with his own ensembles.
Melvoin was the first active musician to become national president of the Recording Academy
He performed on several notable recordings including the Jackson 5's 'ABC,' Helen Reddy's 'I Am Woman,' John Lennon's 'Stand by Me,' as well as the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' and 'Good Vibrations.' His website also notes work with Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Tom Waits.
"Studio guys get sold short," he said in a 2004 Boston Herald interview. "There's an innate distrust that people have that if you do one thing, somehow that's the authentic article, and if you do more than one thing, somehow it's not. The truth is the great studio players are the authentic article in everything they do."
Melvoin is survived by twin daughters Wendy and Susannah, a brother, four grandchildren and his companion, actress Theresa Russell. His son Jonathan, a former member of Smashing Pumpkins died of a heroin overdose in 1996. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.