Composer Mort Garson dies at 83
Jan. 8, 2008

Accompaniest who co-wrote 'Our Day Will Come'

Mort Garson, composer, arranger and accompaniest who co-wrote the hit "Our Day Will Come," died Jan. 4 of renal failure in San Francisco. He was 83.

Services will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Garson attended Julliard and went on play on albums by artists including Mel Torme, Doris Day and Glen Campbell. During the 1960s, he made a series of albums playing the Moog synthesizer including exotica classic "The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds" and "Electronic Hair Pieces," based on the music from the musical "Hair." His other cult albums included an album to accompany the book "The Sensuous Woman," "Plantasia," an album to help plants grow, and a series of 12 albums based on signs of the zodiac. .

In addition to "Our Day Will Come," co-written by Bob Hilliard, which was performed by Ruby & the Romantics, he wrote the score for the musical "Marilyn" performed at the Aldaphi Theater in London. He also worked on film scores and on the theme songs for game shows including "Gambit" and "Baffle."

He is survived by his life partner, Florence; a daughter and a grandson.

Mort Garson: 1924 - 2008
January 12, 2008

Composer pioneered use of Moog synthesizer
by Los Angeles Times

As an arranger and conductor in the 1960s, Mort Garson worked on albums by such artists as Mel Torme, Joanie Sommers and Glenn Yarbrough.

As a composer, Mr. Garson -- who died Jan. 4 at age 83 of renal failure in a San Francisco hospital, according to his daughter, Day Darmet -- wrote music for Mel Brooks' and Carl Reiner's 1975 animated television special "The 2000 Year Old Man."

He also wrote for "Untamed World" documentary series, game shows, movies and "Marilyn! the Musical," which debuted in London in 1983.

And, teamed with lyricist Bob Hilliard, he co-wrote the 1963 Ruby and the Romantics hit "Our Day Will Come," which rose to No. 1 on the national charts.

But it was his work as a composer using the then-new Moog synthesizer on a series of albums in the late 1960s and '70s that Mr. Garson developed a cult following that continues today.

"He gained his greatest underground loyal fans for all of his electronic creativity," Darmet said.

"If you go on eBay, people are still trying to buy those albums."

Beginning with "The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds" in 1967, Mr. Garson created numerous albums using the Moog synthesizer, including "Electronic Hair Pieces," a 1969 version of songs from the hit Broadway musical "Hair," and "Signs of the Zodiac," a 12-volume 1969 series featuring one LP for each astrological sign.

"His albums were fabulous examples of New Age music and really kind of kicked off the New Age genre -- and they were enormously popular," said Bernie Krause, who was at the "Zodiac" recording session.