Lennie Hayton
American composer
Lennie Hayton
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.
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Lena Horne, Singer Who Blazed Trail to Hollywood, Dies at 92
NYTimes - almost 7 years
Lena Horne, who broke new ground for black performers when she signed a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio and who went on to achieve international fame as a singer, died on Sunday night in Manhattan. She was 92. Her death, at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley. She lived
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No Prisoner of Love
NYTimes - over 7 years
STORMY WEATHER The Life of Lena Horne By James Gavin Illustrated. 598 pp. Atria Books. $27 Inside her, there were two Lena Hornes: the one who fiercely asserted herself, and the one who belittled and berated herself. Viewed from the outside, there were two more: the one who had an impressive career and was a seemingly model freedom fighter; but
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The Voice and the Spirit of Lena Horne
NYTimes - over 20 years
LENA Horne has mellowed. The old resentments still crop up (the years on the nightclub circuit that she hated; the indignities she suffered in Hollywood; her reputation as a dazzling but shallow beauty). But at 79, she has reached an age at which acceptance comes more readily. ''I'm not afraid to be old,'' she says. Letting go of painful memories
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POP MUSIC; A Legend Lays Bare Her Hurt
NYTimes - almost 23 years
IN MAY 1993, LENA HORNE MADE A RARE PUBLIC appearance at a party for the 25th anniversary of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Then 75, she seemed eager to speak with anyone who approached her -- until somebody asked if she would be singing after dinner. "I'm too old to be singing," she blurted out. "You don't keep a voice all your life. When I had to
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THE NIGHT; Overlooked? Not Likely
NYTimes - almost 24 years
WHERE, oh where, was Lady Fairfax? The cocktail party for the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation at Lady Fairfax's just renovated palatial apartment on the top three floors of the Hotel Pierre was ripping along on Wednesday night. But the hostess, whose late husband's family made its most recent fortune in the publishing business in
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When a Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss
NYTimes - almost 26 years
So Molly Dodd has a black baby. After a long and suspenseful pregnancy, the unmarried, thirtysomething heroine of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" gave birth a few weeks ago to baby Emily -- clearly the child of the black man with whom she had been romantically involved. Never, perhaps, in the history of American popular culture has the birth of
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Lionel Newman, 73, Winner of an Oscar As a Film Composer
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: Lionel Newman, who composed, conducted or supervised the scores of more than 250 movies, including ''Hello, Dolly!'', for which he won an Academy Award, died of a heart attack Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 73 years old. Mr. Newman's 11 Oscar nominations included those for scoring the music of such films as ''Doctor
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NYTimes - almost 36 years
The critics were undecided: Was Lena Horne simply incomparable or was she comparable to, say, Edwin Booth in ''Hamlet'' or Caruso in ''I Pagliacci''? Miss Horne opened at the Nederlander Theater on Tuesday night, and for the last two days people have queued outside the box office to buy tickets. By everyone's reckoning, ''Lena Horne: The Lady and
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NYTimes - almost 36 years
At 63, Lena Horne has been in show business for nearly five decades, and for black entertainers in particular, it has been a half-century of remarkable change indeed. In the beginning, Miss Horne was called a ''chocolate chanteuse'' and a ''cafe au lait Hedy Lamarr,'' and for many years, she was denied a room in the very hotels that billed her as
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lennie Hayton
  • 1971
    Age 63
    Always a heavy drinker and smoker, Hayton died of heart problems while separated from Horne, in Palm Springs, California in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California.
  • 1970
    Age 62
    In 1970, Hayton arranged Frank Sinatra's first attempt at the George Harrison composition Something.
    More Details Hide Details However, Sinatra later began using a Nelson Riddle arrangement of the song in concert performances and in 1979 he put the Riddle version on record.
  • 1968
    Age 60
    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.
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  • 1952
    Age 44
    Lennie Hayton also arranged the music for Singin' in the Rain in 1952.
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  • 1950
    Age 42
    Hayton won the Academy Award for music for On the Town in 1950.
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  • 1947
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hayton and Horne had a tumultuous marriage. She later admitted in a 1980 Ebony interview she had married Hayton to advance her career, and cross the "color-line" in show business, but had learned to love him very much. Unfortunately Horne and Hayton were separated for most of the sixties.
  • 1943
    Age 35
    Lennie Hayton's first marriage was to Helen Maude Gifford, also named Bubs Gelderman, who died in 1943.
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  • 1940
    Age 32
    He became a musical director for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1940 and guided it through its prime years as forerunner of the movie musical.
    More Details Hide Details Up until his retirement from the post in 1953, he racked up four Academy Award nominations: for the Judy Garland musicals The Harvey Girls (1946) and The Pirate (1948).
    Hayton also co-arranged the Hoagy Carmichael composition "Stardust" with Artie Shaw, for Shaw's recording of it in 1940, for Bluebird records.
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  • 1908
    Age 0
    Born on February 14, 1908.
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