Skitch Henderson
American pianist, bandleader, and composer
Skitch Henderson
Lyle Russell Cedric “Skitch” Henderson was a pianist, conductor, and composer. His nickname ("Skitch") reportedly derived from his ability to quickly "re-sketch" a song in a different key.
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The Orpheus Club Men's Chorus opens new season - NorthJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
... who has had a notable career as a soloist, conductor and music educator, leading choruses for many churches and community organizations and performing with such noted conductors as Henry Brant, Lucas Foss, Morton Gould and Skitch Henderson
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The Amazing Kreskin Returns To The Lehigh Valley 9/22 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
How many other celebrities can boast their own television series, their own board game, over some sixteen books, their own theme song arranged by the renowned Skitch Henderson at Carnegie Hall, let alone hundreds of appearances on almost every
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Broadway On 22nd Street Returns with D'Abruzzo, Mackston, Violet, 9/12 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Storybooks, I Love You Because and others, as well as countless benefits and concerts including but not limited to Skitch Henderson's New Faces of 2004 at Carnegie Hall, Sondheim Unplugged and The ATrainPlays
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Citrus brought stars and national publicity - News Chief
Google News - over 5 years
Among the stars to appear were Van Johnson, Michael Landon, Totie Fields, Buster Crabbe, Jack Carter, June Allyson, Joey Hetherton, the McGuire Sisters, Cliff Arquette, Skitch Henderson, Doug Sanders, Mohammed Ali, Gloria DeHaven and Citrus spokeswoman
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The Silo Is 'Smokin' in the Hills' - Housatonic Times
Google News - over 5 years
As the summer season drew to a close, Ruth and Skitch Henderson maintained a tradition of inviting family, friends, and neighbors for an end-of-summer barbecue. The Hunt Hill Farm Trust has kept those home fires burning, and this year
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Guitar Sounds at the Levitt - Westport Now
Google News - over 5 years
Bertoncini, a native of the Bronx, said that his long career as a guitarist included touring with the Benny Goodman Quartet in the 1970s and a guitarist in Skitch Henderson's band on Johnny Carson's “Tonight ” show in the 1960s
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Starr report - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
He also provided countless arrangements for Carson's musical directors Skitch Henderson and, later, Doc Severinsen and was a much-sought-after studio musician. Cooper, who played the alto sax, clarinet, flute and piccolo, also appeared in two Tommy
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Karen Mason to Bring SHOW QUEEN Concert to Iridium Tonight - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
She has shared concert stages with such music luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, John Kander & Frank Ebb, as well as The New York Pops with Skitch Henderson, The Philly Pops with Peter
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Rell Opening Merryall Series - Litchfield County Times
Google News - over 5 years
... that has graced the Merryall stage has been beyond impressive—from Van Wyck Brooks, Dr. William Sloane-Coffin, Norman Cousins and Margaret Mead to Eartha Kitt, William and Rose Styron, Chris Brubeck, Isaac Stern, Liz Smith, and Skitch Henderson
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Rita Fay Congrove, 74 - The Review
Google News - almost 6 years
Survivors include her husband, Harold Congrove, whom she married May 10, 1957; four daughters: Lynn McDevitt and her fiance Jeff "Skitch" Henderson of Wellsville, Lisa Cochran of Wellsville, Lana Vallera and her husband Steve of Wellsville,
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Booker T. Jones Returns to His Hometown Roots: 'The World Owes Memphis So Much' - Spinner
Google News - almost 6 years
That was just the nature of the music -- not being ['Tonight Show' bandleader] Skitch Henderson or Woody Herman [laughs]. [During the recording of 'Are You Passionate?'], Neil was emotionally upset by 9/11, and that was when I really got a firsthand
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Piano Legacy Events at Hunt Hill Farm - Litchfield County Times
Google News - almost 6 years
NEW MILFORD—The crown jewel of the Skitch Henderson Museum at Hunt Hill Farm is one of co-founder Skitch Henderson's Steinway grand pianos. This Steinway was at NBC while Henderson was music director of both the Today and Tonight Shows
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Daly, Wopat, Lazar et al. Join New York Pops 28th Birthday Celebration, 5/2 - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
The New York Pops was founded by former NBC Music Director Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America's rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours
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Celebrating Skitch Henderson
NYTimes - about 11 years
The bandleader Skitch Henderson, who died on Nov. 1 at 87, was honored yesterday at a Carnegie Hall memorial service as a towering influence over American entertainment who retained a wry sense of humor and common touch on the streets of New York. The service, on a stage where Mr. Henderson was said to have performed 281 times, was open to the
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Skitch Henderson Service
NYTimes - about 11 years
A memorial service for Skitch Henderson, the ''Tonight'' show bandleader and founder of the New York Pops, will be held on Monday at 4 p.m. in Carnegie Hall. He died on Nov. 1 at 87. The service, which will be open to the public, is to include performances by the New York Pops with Kitty Carlisle Hart. Among the scheduled speakers are former Mayor
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Paid Notice: Deaths HENDERSON, SKITCH
NYTimes - over 11 years
HENDERSON--Skitch. A consummate musician and entertainer recognized around the world, we knew you for your wonder-filled stories of a rich life, your ready friendship, and your caring soul. You were a musical genius with the uncommon ability to connect with and inspire not only musicians, but so many others to be our very best. We will miss your
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Paid Notice: Deaths HENDERSON, SKITCH
NYTimes - over 11 years
HENDERSON--Skitch. A consummate musician and entertainer recognized around the world, we knew you for your wonder-filled stories of a rich life, your ready friendship, and your caring soul. You were a musical genius with the uncommon ability to connect with and inspire not only musicians, but so many others to be our very best. We will miss your
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Paid Notice: Deaths HENDERSON, SKITCH
NYTimes - over 11 years
HENDERSON - Skitch. The House of Steinway & Sons notes with profound sorrow the passing of its beloved friend, the renowned pianist and conductor Skitch Henderson, on November 1, 2005 in New Milford, Connecticut at the age of 87. Mr. Henderson was a deeply valued member of our Steinway Artist family for nearly sixty years. The Founder and Music
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Paid Notice: Deaths HENDERSON, SKITCH
NYTimes - over 11 years
HENDERSON -- Skitch. The House of Steinway & Sons notes with profound sorrow the passing of its beloved friend, the renowned pianist and conductor Skitch Henderson, on November 1, 2005 in New Milford, Connecticut at the age of 87. Mr. Henderson was a deeply valued member of our Steinway Artist family for nearly sixty years. The Founder and Music
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Skitch Henderson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 87
    An affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution resulted in the Trust's inaugural exhibit: Skitch Henderson: A Man and His Music. On January 29, 2005, the Smithsonian awarded him the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his contributions to American culture.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Henderson was honored for the vital role he played in the cultural life of New York City by being awarded the Handel Medallion, presented by the City of New York, New York. He was also the recipient of three honorary degrees – from St. Thomas Aquinas College, the University of South Florida, and Western Connecticut State University. The Retro Swing Band at the University of Wisconsin plays arrangements from The Tonight Show and the BBC Dance Band included in the Skitch Henderson Collection at the Mills Music Library. Skitch Henderson's name probably served as the inspiration for the character Guy "Skitch" Patterson in the 1996 film That Thing You Do! after Guy re-arranges one of the band's songs and it becomes a popular hit single. Henderson was known for his unique laugh on the Carson show. In addition to Ed McMahon's famously hearty laugh, Henderson could also frequently be heard laughing on the track, as "Hoo-hoo-hoo!"
  • 2003
    Age 85
    In 2003 Ruth and Skitch Henderson co-founded the Hunt Hill Farm Trust, an effort to preserve their farm's land and buildings and to celebrate Americana in music, art and literature through the creation of a living museum.
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  • 1983
    Age 65
    In 1983, he founded The New York Pops orchestra, which makes its home at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1975
    Age 57
    He began serving his sentence at a minimum-security Federal prison on April 9, 1975 and was released after four months, on August 4, 1975.
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    Henderson was sentenced on January 17, 1975 to 6 months in prison and fined $10,000.
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  • 1974
    Age 56
    He was indicted on July 2, 1974, on charges of tax evasion for the years of 1969 and 1970 for claims about the value (allegedly $350,000) of a music library he donated to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
    More Details Hide Details He further claimed that he had consulted on the value of his collection with Leonard Bernstein and Henry Mancini, both of whom denied the claims. A signature on an acceptance letter from the library director was also deemed a forgery.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 45
    He conducted a 1963 recording for RCA of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with Leontyne Price and William Warfield, which won a Grammy.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 40
    He then married Ruth Einsiedel in 1958 and raised two children, Hans and Heidi. Hans was married to Sandra Watson for 18 years, before divorcing in 2000. Heidi was married to actor William Hurt from 1989 to 1992, and they have two sons.
    More Details Hide Details Skitch and Ruth Henderson owned and operated "The Silo," a renowned store, art gallery, and cooking school in New Milford, Connecticut from 1972 until his death.
  • 1950
    Age 32
    Henderson married movie actress and television personality Faye Emerson in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details They were divorced seven years later.
    In 1950, Henderson had a disc jockey program on WNBC in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Henderson also recorded transcriptions for the Capitol Transcriptions service. Henderson credited the invention to Bing Crosby who said he (Henderson) should have a nickname. Crosby settled on "Skitch", which came from "The Sketch Kid", referring to Henderson's ability to quickly transcribe music to a written score. Other reports, however, claim that the name came from something that a young Skitch and his buddies would say to act cool and hip, "skitchadudawawa", long before he met Crosby.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 28
    In 1946, Henderson and the Golden Gate Quartet headlined a 13-week summer replacement program on NBC, sponsored by Old Gold cigarettes.
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  • 1940
    Age 22
    Blue Network Varieties, which began May 20, 1940, on NBC's Pacific Blue network, featured Henderson in charge of the music, leading "a novelty instrumental group."
    More Details Hide Details After the war, Henderson worked for NBC Radio Network, where he was the musical director for Frank Sinatra's Light-Up Time. He was also accompanist on Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby on the new ABC network. Henderson also played on Bob Hope's Pepsodent Show.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 19
    After starting his professional career in the 1930s playing piano in the roadhouses of the American Midwest, Henderson's major break came when he was an accompanist on a 1937 MGM promotional tour featuring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
    More Details Hide Details Henderson later said that as a member of MGM's music department, he worked with Garland to learn "Over the Rainbow" during rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz and played piano for her first public performance of the song at a local nightclub before the film was finished. However this account is at odds with the memoirs of the tune's composer, Harold Arlen, who said he first performed the song for the 14-year-old Garland.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1918
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1918.
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