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​Passage: Manhattan Transfer's Tim Hauser

It happened this week . . .

Tim Hauser, founder of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe the Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday of cardiac arrest.

Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul of Manhattan Transfer. Facebook

Hauser created the Manhattan Transfer in the late 1960s. With songs like "The Boy From New York City" and "Operator," they won a number of pop and jazz Grammy Awards.

In 2010, Hauser told our Michelle Miller they he just KNEW "Operator" was going to be a big: "When I played that record, I said. 'This is a hit record, man,' so I just geeked it!"

The Manhattan Transfer grew in popularity, and even briefly had a variety show here on CBS.

A representative says the Manhattan Transfer will continue to perform.

Tim Hauser was 72 years old.

To watch the Manhattan Transfer perform "Operator," click on the video Player below.

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