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Tim Hauser

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Tim Hauser (born December 12, 1941 in Troy, New York) is best known as the founding member of the multi-Grammy-winning vocal foursome, The Manhattan Transfer.

Together with his sister Fayette and their parents, Hauser moved to the New Jersey shore when he was seven years old, living in Ocean Township and Asbury Park. He attended St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey where an award in his name has been given every year since 1989 to students who excel in Theater Arts.

He began singing professionally at age 15. He founded a doo-wop vocal quintet called The Criterions. They recorded two singles for the Cecilia label: “I Remain Truly Yours”, and “Don’t Say Goodbye”. The Criterions appeared on Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show. Hauser also began developing his producing skills at an early age.

In 1959, he entered Villanova University. His college years were a continuation of the musical involvement he had started to develop, and he spent much of his college time expanding his musical interests. Tim, along with fellow Criterions members Tommy West and Jim Ruf, performed as the Troubadours Three, singing folk music. He also was a member of the Villanova Singers and the Villanova Spires/Coventry Lads, along with classmate Jim Croce. He spent all four years on the staff of college radio station WWVU. In 1963, he graduated from Villanova with a BS in Economics.

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