Rest_In_Peace's current selection is:
She's A Lady
by film sound mixer Les Lazarowitz, from the movie "Tootsie"
CATCH-UP: Les Lazarowitz (1941 to 2017) was an American film sound mixer. Leslie Lazarowitz was born on October 2nd 1941 in Williamsburg, New York, USA. He attended Tilden High and Brooklyn College, where he majored in political science and psychology. Taking on college courses at night in 1960, he worked by day as a truck loader in the city. Already interested in photography, he answered a newspaper advertisement for a photographer's assistant in Manhattan. Working under professional 'still' photographer Jack Reilly, his duties included assembling the 35mm movie camera in the TV commercial studio there, as well as loading it, plus set design, lighting, shooting film, bringing the film to the lab, running it on a projector and editing it. In the late 1960s, Lazarowitz moved on to become a temporary soundman on TV shows such as "Wide World of Sports" and "60 Minutes", as well as for news bulletins. He then started to do the same for directors of a few motion pictures, such as "Midnight Cowboy", "The Godfather", "The French Connection" and "Klute. In 1972, he was hired as the head soundman on "Bang the Drum Slowly", starring Robert De Niro. He struck up a friendship with the star, going on to work as soundman with him on "Raging Bull" and the iconic movie "Taxi Driver". By the end of the decade, he was a head of sound departments on films, and was ultimately nominated for two "Academy Awards" in the category 'Best Sound' - for "Raging Bull" (1980) and for Dustin Hoffman's "Tootsie" (1982, and from which today's featured selection comes). He was also a prominent and active member of 'CAS' (the 'Cinema Audio Society'). Les Lazarowitz died from cancer in Florida on January 6th 2017, aged 75.
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Posted: 13th February 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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