Neal Hefti

Real Name:Neal Paul Hefti

American jazz trumpeter.
Born October 29, 1922, Hastings, Nebraaska.
Died October 11, 2008, Los Angeles, California.
He married Woody Herman's vocalist Frances Wayne in 1945.

Most famous for his work as composer and arranger especially for Woody Herman and Count Basie.
He began arranging professionally in his teens for Nat Towles. Played trumpet in the early '40s with Bob Astor, Les Lieber, Charlie Barnet, Bobby Byrne, Charlie Spivak, and Horace Heidt. He joined up with Woody Herman in 1944 and gained a strong reputation for composing (e.g. "The Good Earth" and "Wild Root") and arranging (e.g. "Woodchopper's Ball" and "Blowin' Up a Storm") while still playing trumpet.
From 1950 he wrote dozens of songs for Count Basie including "Li'l Darlin'", "Cute", "Whirly Bird", "Little Pony" and "Kid from Red Bank". He also led his own band intermittently for a few years in the '50s but from the '60s concentrated on writing TV and film scores, e.g. themes from Batman, Barefoot in the Park, and The Odd Couple.
He charted eight times in the U.S. and two times in the U.K. between 1965-1995 as a songwriter, and two of those as the artist. His top charted song came in 1966, "Batman Theme" by The Marketts, which hit #17. The song also charted that same year by Hefti himself at #35 overall and #12 adult contemporary. In 1973 he had a crossover hit with "I Knew Jesus (Before He Was a Star)" by Glen Campbell (co-written by Stanley Styne). The song was #45 overall as well as #26 adult contemporary, and #48 country.

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In Groups:Count Basie Orchestra, Flip Phillips Fliptet, Georgie Auld And His Orchestra, Harry James & His Music Makers, Harry James And His Orchestra, Mel Powell And His Orchestra, Metronome All Stars, Neal Hefti And His Jazz Pops Orchestra, Neal Hefti And The Band With The Sweet Beat, Neal Hefti His Orchestra & Chorus, Neal Hefti Quintet, Neal Hefti Sextet, Neal Hefti's Orchestra, The Band That Plays The Blues, The Neal Hefti Singers, Woody Herman & The Herd, Woody Herman And His Orchestra, Woody Herman And His Third Herd, Woody Herman And His Woodchoppers
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