Tamás Deák, the Catcatcher, the Mézga family and Kérem, have passed away. composer of the cartoons. The conductor, trumpeter and founder of the Deák Big Band died on Monday in Budapest at the age of 96, the family told MTI.
Tamás Deák was born in Székesfehérvár in 1928. He learned to play the trumpet in a self-taught way, first in Pécs, then from 1955 he played music in the capital, at the Duna szálló and the Nagyszálló in Margitsziget. From 1959 to 1964, he was an employee of the Hungarian Radio.
In total, he has composed music for more than one hundred and twenty cartoons, as well as ballets and TV shows.
He became known for his music written for cartoons, and worked together with József Nepp and József Romhányi in many such works. Among others, the Mézga family and Kérem a next! animated series, as well as the music for the 1986 animated film The Cat Catcher. For the latter, he arranged the Hungarian version of the song Négy Gengszter and composed Juli Postássy’s Cicadala, in addition to personally playing the trumpet solo of Lazy Dick. A Well, just stop! his music was also used for the title of the Soviet animated series.
The dance song “Egyedül a tóparton” is associated with his name, which starts with the famous line “Rezket a Hold a tó vizén” and which was made famous by Lehel Németh. He wrote songs for many performers at the Dance and Song Festivals, among them was Ádám, hol sid, which won 3rd prize in the performance of Gabi Fenyvesi in 1967.
From 1969, he was a teacher of the jazz department of the Bartók Béla Music Academy. In 2007, he received the Könnyůzenei Creative Lifetime Achievement Award.