Neal Hefti

Real Name:
Neal Paul Hefti
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American jazz trumpeter (born October 29, 1922, Hastings, NE - died October 11, 2008, Los Angeles, CA).
Most famous for his work as composer and arranger especially for Woody Herman and Count Basie.

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. He married Herman's vocalist Frances Wayne in 1945.
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.
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CRL 57077 Neal Hefti - The Band With Young Ideas album art Neal Hefti The Band With Young Ideas (Album) Coral CRL 57077 US 1956 Sell This Version
RD-27058 Neal Hefti - Concert Miniatures album art Neal Hefti Concert Miniatures (Album) Vik RD-27058 UK 1957 Sell This Version
TFL 5044 Neal Hefti - Pardon My Doo-Wah album art Neal Hefti and his Orchestra* featuring The Neal Hefti Singers Neal Hefti and his Orchestra* featuring The Neal Hefti Singers - Pardon My Doo-Wah (Album) Fontana TFL 5044 UK 1958 Sell This Version
R-52003 Neal Hefti - Basie album art Count Basie And His Orchestra* + Neal Hefti Count Basie And His Orchestra* + Neal Hefti - Basie (Album) Roulette, Roulette R-52003 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
LN 3545 Neal Hefti - Why Fight The Feeling? album art Roy Hamilton (5) / Neal Hefti Roy Hamilton (5) / Neal Hefti - Why Fight The Feeling? (Album) Epic LN 3545 US 1959 Sell This Version
CRL 757286 Neal Hefti - A Salute To The Instruments album art Neal Hefti A Salute To The Instruments (Album) Coral CRL 757286 US 1960 Sell This Version
R-52003, SR-52003 Count Basie And His Orchestra* + Neal Hefti Count Basie And His Orchestra* + Neal Hefti - Basie(LP, Album, RE, RP) Roulette, Roulette R-52003, SR-52003 US 1960 Sell This Version
SVLP. 9031, SVLP 9031 Neal Hefti - On My Way & Shoutin' Again! album art Count Basie And His Orchestra* Play Music By Neal Hefti Count Basie And His Orchestra* Play Music By Neal Hefti - On My Way & Shoutin' Again! (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records SVLP. 9031, SVLP 9031 UK 1962 Sell This Version
R9-6018 Neal Hefti - Themes From TV's Top 12 album art Neal Hefti Themes From TV's Top 12 Reprise Records R9-6018 US 1962 Sell This Version
R9-1005 Neal Hefti - Sinatra And Swingin' Brass album art Frank Sinatra Arranged And Conducted By Neal Hefti Frank Sinatra Arranged And Conducted By Neal Hefti - Sinatra And Swingin' Brass (Album) Reprise Records R9-1005 US 1962 Sell This Version
TFM 3139 Neal Hefti - Li'l Darlin' album art Neal Hefti Li'l Darlin' (Album) 20th Century Fox Records TFM 3139 US 1964 Sell This Version
WS 1572 Neal Hefti - Sex And The Single Girl (Original Motion Picture Score) album art Neal Hefti Sex And The Single Girl (Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) Warner Bros. Records WS 1572 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
S 62576 Neal Hefti - Harlow (Music From The Score Of The Motion Picture) album art Neal Hefti Harlow (Music From The Score Of The Motion Picture) (Album) Columbia Masterworks S 62576 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
UAS 5119 Neal Hefti - How To Murder Your Wife (Original Motion Picture Score) album art Neal Hefti How To Murder Your Wife (Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) United Artists Records UAS 5119 US 1965 Sell This Version
M 536, M-536(A) Neal Hefti - Harry, Not Jesse: Harry James Plays Neal Hefti album art Harry James (2), Neal Hefti Harry James (2), Neal Hefti - Harry, Not Jesse: Harry James Plays Neal Hefti (Album) Metro Records, Metro Records M 536, M-536(A) Canada 1965 Sell This Version
LRP-3413 Neal Hefti - Synanon - Original Sound Track Recording Of Music From The Motion Picture album art Neal Hefti Synanon - Original Sound Track Recording Of Music From The Motion Picture (Album) Liberty LRP-3413 US 1965 Sell This Version
LOC-1121 Neal Hefti - Boeing Boeing album art Neal Hefti Boeing Boeing RCA Victor LOC-1121 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
UAL 4139 Neal Hefti - Duel At Diablo album art Neal Hefti Duel At Diablo (Album) United Artists Records UAL 4139 US 1966 Sell This Version
UAL 8109 Neal Hefti - Lord Love A Duck (Original Motion Picture Sound Track) album art Neal Hefti Lord Love A Duck (Original Motion Picture Sound Track) United Artists Records UAL 8109 Australia 1966 Sell This Version
CIC-1217 Neal Hefti - Batman Theme! And Other Bat Songs album art Neal Hefti, Maxwell Davis Neal Hefti, Maxwell Davis - Batman Theme! And Other Bat Songs (Album) Ember Records CIC-1217 Mexico 1966 Sell This Version
LP-7479 (LPM-3573) Neal Hefti - Batman Theme And 11 Hefti Bat Songs album art Neal Hefti Batman Theme And 11 Hefti Bat Songs (Album) RCA Victor LP-7479 (LPM-3573) Venezuela 1966 Sell This Version
LPM-3750 Neal Hefti - Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feelin' So Sad - Music From The Film Score album art Neal Hefti Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feelin' So Sad - Music From The Film Score (Album) RCA Victor LPM-3750 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
UAL 3573 Neal Hefti - Definitely Hefti! album art Neal Hefti Definitely Hefti! (Album) United Artists Records UAL 3573 Canada 1967 Sell This Version
SZL-932,335, DLP 3803 Neal Hefti - Barefoot In The Park (Music From The Score) album art Neal Hefti Barefoot In The Park (Music From The Score) (Album) Dot Records SZL-932,335, DLP 3803 Australia 1967 Sell This Version
DLP 25862, DLP 25,862 Neal Hefti - The Odd Couple (Music From The Original Motion Picture Score) album art Neal Hefti The Odd Couple (Music From The Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) Dot Records, Dot Records DLP 25862, DLP 25,862 US 1968 Sell This Version