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Bernie Leighton


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).

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Full Name Bernie Leighton
Died September 16, 1994, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Nationality American
Music Songs Things Are Looking Up, Beyond the Moon, I See Your Face Before Me, Have You Met Miss Jones, Waiting for Leighton, Moten Swing, All the Things You Are, Dance of the Christmas Doll

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1 Hit #101 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1962 with "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" (Colpix 645)

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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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