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Neal Hefti


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Neal Hefti (born October 29, 1922 in Hastings, Nebraska - died October 11, 2008 in Toluca Lake, California) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger.

He began arranging professionally in his teens, when he wrote charts for Nat Towles. He became a prominent composer and arranger while playing trumpet for Woody Herman; while working for Herman he provided new arrangements for “Woodchopper’s Ball” and “Blowin’ Up a Storm,” and composed “The Good Earth” and “Wild Root.” After leaving Herman’s band in 1946, Hefti concentrated on arranging and composing, although he occasionally led his own bands. He is especially known for his charts for Count Basie such as “Li’l Darlin’” and “Cute”.

In the 1960s and later he composed and arranged mainly for movies and television. He wrote the background music for movies such as Sex and the Single Girl, How to Murder Your Wife, Synanon, Boeing Boeing, Harlow, Lord Love a Duck, Duel at Diablo, Oh Dad Poor Dad Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad, and Barefoot in the Park.

His best-known contributions of this period are the theme of the TV series such as Batman and The Odd Couple.


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  • ayunodetodameta

    evil plot to blow up batman, genialidad.

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ellinorsween

    The Odd Couple. Enough said.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    How to Murder Your Wife + Harlow are my current faves.

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Shame that he's died. I was watching a BBC show tonight of the Basie band in the early 1960s playing a number of those great Hefti arrangements from the Atomic Mr Basie (or whatever it was precisely called). As I understand it, those Hefti arrangement of the early 1950s were the ones which brought Basie back into the commercial mainstream.

    20 Dec 2008 Reply
  • mr_mushroom

    batman vj set with Hefti's music

    4 Nov 2008 Reply
  • dandrough

    Rest in peace!

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • redhalo

    He does the music for the Jack Lemmon flick "How to Murder Your Wife".

    19 Jun 2008 Reply

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