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Marty Paich; Arranger, Composer, Producer

August 17, 1995|MYRNA OLIVER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Marty Paich, a multifaceted musician particularly known for his arrangements for such stellar singers as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, Michael Jackson and the late Sarah Vaughan, has died. He was 70.

Paich died Saturday of cancer at his home in Santa Ynez, Calif., where he had moved in 1971 to operate a ranch and exercise his interests in collecting Western memorabilia.

In 1991, Paich received the Arranger's Award from the Singers' Salute to the Songwriters in recognition of his lifetime of musical achievements.

Born Martin Louis Paich in Oakland, he studied music at San Francisco State, USC and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Art. Well-grounded in classical music, he went on to play piano, arrange, compose, conduct and produce jazz, rock, popular and classical records over four decades.

As a pianist, he often performed with singers for whom he did arrangements, particularly Torme and Vaughn in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl.

For television, Paich was musical director for the "Glen Campbell Show," "Sonny and Cher" and the "Andy Williams Show" and won an Emmy for "Ironside."

Among the films whose scores he orchestrated and conducted were "Pretty Woman," "The Fugitive" and "Prince of Tides."

Paich is survived by his wife, Linda; a son, David, and daughter, Lori.

Services are scheduled for 7 tonight at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, 13360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks.

The family has asked that memorial donations be made to San Lorenzo Seminary, 18032 Sky Drive, Santa Ynez, Calif. 93463, or to Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation Research, 300 W. Pueblo, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93105.

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