A flexible musician who spent a long time within the studios, Bernie Leighton gained early knowledge dealing with Bud Freeman, Leo Reisman, Raymond Scott (1940) and Benny Goodman (1940-41). He spent amount of time in the Military and after his release became a studio room musician who also sometimes performed in jazz configurations. Perhaps most obviously among his jazz gigs had been recordings and careers with Dave Challenging (1946), Billie Vacation (1949), Neal Hefti (1951), Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw (1953), Adam Moody (1963) and Bob Wilber (1969). Leighton toured with Tony Bennett during 1972-73. Although he hardly ever became that well-known, the worthiness of Bernie Leighton’s playing was well-known to his fellow music artists. Being a head he documented six game titles for Keynote in 1946, four for Mecury in 1950, an record for Columbia in 1950, four golf swing game titles for Brunswick in 1951, disposition music LPs for Disneyland and Capitol (both in 1957) along with a Duke Ellington tribute time for Monmouth/Evergreen (1974).
|1||Hit #101 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1962 with "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" (Colpix 645)|
|Husbands and Wives||1992||musician: piano - uncredited|
|Crimes and Misdemeanors||1989||musician: piano - uncredited|
|New York Stories||1989||musician: piano - segment "Oedipus Wrecks"|
|Arthur||1981||musician: piano solo|
|Requiem for a Heavyweight||1962||musician: piano, uncredited|
|Winner Take All||1951||TV Series musical director|
|Winner Take All||1948||TV Series musical director|
|Husbands and Wives||1992||performer: "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" 1935, "Makin' Whoopee" 1928, "The Song Is You" 1932|
|Crimes and Misdemeanors||1989||performer: "Dancing on the Ceiling" 1930, "I Know That You Know" 1926, "Great Day" 1929|
|New York Stories||1989||performer: "I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad", "Mother", "All The Things You Are"|
|Another Woman||1988||performer: "The Bilbao Song" 1929, "Lovely to Look At" 1935|
|September||1987||performer: "On a Slow Boat to China", "What'll I Do", "Who", "I'm Confessin' That I Love You", "Moonglow", "When Day is Done"|
|Hannah and Her Sisters||1986||"I'm Old Fashioned", "The Way You Look Tonight"|
|Another Woman||1988||Piano Player|
|Hannah and Her Sisters||1986||Audition Pianist|
|Christmas Festival Hour of Music||1953||TV Movie|
|The Robert Q. Lewis Show||1950||TV Series||Orchestra Leader|
|The Bell Telephone Hour||1964||TV Series||Himself - Pianist|
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