Jack Shaindlin was born in Russia, near Odessa, on April 14, 1909, and died on September 22, 1978 in New York City. He began his musical career as a pianist in silent movie halls, after relocating along with his mother and brother to America on a music scholarship to a Chicago school after his father was allegedly murdered at his local coal production plant near Odessa.. His recordings of Nickelodeon piano music are historical and significant. His early years in Vaudeville and at The Brooklyn Navy Yard included stints with Lillian Gish, W.C. Fields and many others. In the late 1940's he was the musical director of the Carnegie Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He was cited by President Truman for his war contributions for his work on the documentary "Tanks". In the 1960's he was solicited by Gypsy Rose Lee to compose a revue for her to be held in Manhattan; it never materialized.
He composed numerous scores for Louis De Rochemont for the Cinerama films of the 1950's. He was also responsible for the score to Arthur Penn's classic film "Mickey One" starring Warren Beattey. He contributed to many television scores, including Father Knows Best, Deputy Dog, Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Jetsons and more. Upon formal retirement in the early 1970's he became musical consultant to Madison Square Garden.
He had children by 2 different marriages. He had a son and daughter with his first wife, Ruth (Lamont) Shaindlin (who later married Sigmund Gottlieb and passed away in 1997) and 5 sons with his widow, Natalie Shaindlin who resides in New England.