One of the most difficult Headlines we’ve ever had to post is this one, sharing with you the passing of Jose Feliciano’s musical arranger and most enduring friend, iconic composer/arranger, Jimmie Haskell.
Jose and Jimmie’s personal and professional relationship has spanned over 45 years uninterruptedly and this, in and of itself, is remarkable. But the career of Jimmie Haskell, the multi-awarding winning composer and arranger, was far-reaching with a roster of celebrity artists and assignments equaled by only a very few in the music industry: from Simon & Garfunkel to BB King; Celine Dion to Michael Jackson; Chicago to Glen Campbell; Sarah Brightman to Ricky Nelson, and so on and so on…
Jose met Jimmie on the set of his first television musical variety show, “Feliciano: Very Special” for NBC in 1969 and they have remained friends, as well as colleagues, ever since. Jose has openly and frequently said that Jimmie was not only his arranger and friend, but a true Father-figure with whom he knew he could — and would — confide.
Jimmie conducted many, if not most, of Jose’s symphonic performances around the world, including the Concert For Hope in New York’s Yankee Stadium with Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and most recently, in Israel, at the Nokia Arena with the Ra’anna Symphonette Orchestra. This concert, dedicated to Jimmie, was filmed and recorded in October, 2013 and is part of Feliciano’s package of releases set for 2016.
Jimmie scored dozens of Jose’s recordings over the years in the English, Spanish and Classical genres, conducted those arrangements in the studio and will forever be a treasured aspect of the Feliciano Sound. Words simply cannot express nor will they ever suffice in an attempt to convey the meaningfulness of Jimmie Haskell and his family in the life of Jose Feliciano and those near him. Our hearts are quietly breaking but only out of selfishness. Jimmie’s life was lived fully: honorably, graciously and successfully in an industry that he truly loved and who clearly loved him, as well.
Rest in peace, Good Friend. We miss you.