A friend of a friend, Olana Digirolamo, is making a documentary about Teo Macero called “Play That, Teo.” Here’s the website: Play That, Teo There’s a great preview with wonderful stories from the man himself.
Macero started working as a record producer at Columbia in 1957. For the next two decades he produced some of the most influential albums of the 20th century. We have heard selections from most of Teo’s most famous jazz albums so I thought I’d post some of his pop music work. Here’s Simon and Garfunkel singing “Mrs Robinson.” The song is from the 1967 movie “The Graduate” but this clip is from the 1981 Simon and Garfunkel concert in Central Park.
In the movie clip Teo says that Simon and Garfunkel had been working on the album for months before he was called in to the project. Executives gave him a week to finish it which he did. The soundtrack produced several of Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits. Teo says he never got so much as a thank you from any of the people involved with the project. Personally I’m not entirely surprised that the artists weren’t exactly overflowing with gratitude for the Johnny-Come-Lately who stepped in at the end of months of hard work and just took over. Of course, the rest of us just get to enjoy the fantastic end result. So on behalf of the Simon and Garfunkel loving world, allow me to offer our sincerest thanks to you for all your hard work Mr Macero!