Lennie Hayton

Born Feb 14, 1908

Leonard George "Lennie" Hayton was an American Jewish composer, conductor and arranger. His trademark was the wearing of a captain’s hat, which he always wore at a rakish angle. He was initially a pianist in jazz groups led by Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti and others. He also played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Hayton composed "Apple Blossoms" with Joe Venuti, Frankie Trumbauer, and Eddie Lang.… Read More

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  • Lena Horne, Singer Who Blazed Trail To Hollywood, Dies At 92
    NYTimes - May 10, 2010
  • No Prisoner Of Love
    NYTimes - Jul 19, 2009
  • The Voice And The Spirit Of Lena Horne
    NYTimes - Nov 24, 1996
  • Pop Music; A Legend Lays Bare Her Hurt
    NYTimes - Jun 05, 1994


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1908 Birth Born on February 14, 1908.


1940 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Hayton also co-arranged the Hoagy Carmichael composition "Stardust" with Artie Shaw, for Shaw's recording of it in 1940, for Bluebird records.
1943 35 Years Old Lennie Hayton's first marriage was to Helen Maude Gifford, also named Bubs Gelderman, who died in 1943.
1947 39 Years Old Lennie Hayton met Lena Horne when both were under contract to MGM and married her in December 1947 in Paris. Throughout the marriage, Hayton also acted as Horne’s music director. Facing the stresses and pressures of an interracial relationship, which was still relatively rare in that time period, their marriage lasted until his death at 63 from a heart attack in 1971. … Read More


1950 42 Years Old Hayton won the Academy Award for music for On the Town in 1950.
1952 44 Years Old Lennie Hayton also arranged the music for Singin' in the Rain in 1952.


1968 60 Years Old Hayton notched up two more nominations - one in 1968 for the unsuccessful Julie Andrews musical Star! and his last the following year for the Barbra Streisand vehicle Hello, Dolly!, which brought him his second and final Oscar.
1970 62 Years Old In 1970, Hayton arranged Frank Sinatra's first attempt at the George Harrison composition Something. … Read More
1971 63 Years Old Always a heavy drinker and smoker, Hayton died of heart problems while separated from Horne, in Palm Springs, California in 1971. … Read More
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