Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Neal Hefti 1922-2008

Composer and arranger Neal Hefti, best known for his familiar themes for "Batman" and "The Odd Couple," died Oct. 11 at his home in Toluca Lake, California. He was 85. Hefti's prolific career as a jazz musician, composer, and arranger started in the 1940s and flourished in the 1950s and '60s, as he worked alongside such legends as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Tony Bennett. Working with film and TV in the 1960s, Hefti's credits included How to Murder Your Wife, Barefoot in the Park -- and the original film The Odd Couple.

Links:
TV Themes: BATMAN 1966 (w/ THE ODD COUPLE) (Learning Curve)
Composer Neal Hefti; Jazz Master Penned Theme for 'Batman' (Washington Post)
Neal Hefti, composer of 'Batman' theme, dies (MSN Entertainment News)
Neal Hefti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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