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Mort Lindsey was a legendary orchestra leader and musical arranger who worked with the greatest talents Las Vegas had to offer.

Kevin Butler writes: Mort Lindsey, who composed musical scores for the films "I Could Go On Singing", "40 Pounds Of Trouble", and the musical director for "The Merv Griffin Show" died at his Malibu, Cal. home after a fall on May 4, 2012. Mr. Lindsey was 89 years old.

Born in Newark, N.J. on March 21, 1923, Lindsey had received his formal education at Newark Arts H.S. and he later studied musical composition at Columbia University in NYC where he earned his doctorate in music education.

He created scores for the movies "Gay Purr-ee" (an animated feature film for UPA and Warner Brothers which starred the voices of Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Paul Frees and Hermonie Gingold), "The Best Man" and "Stolen Hours".

He also served as Ms. Garland's musical director for her CBS TV musical/variety series and for her 1961 concert at NYC's Carnegie Hall (which was recorded and sold as an Grammy winning LP disc). Mr. Lindsey also appeared on camera as Ms. Garland's conductor for her last movie "I Could Go On Singing" in 1963.

He also arranged and performed the music for Pat Boone and for Barbara Streisand's CBS TV concert "A Happening In Central Park" (this televised concert was also produced, cut and released as a successful recording).

But Mort Lindsey will always be remembered for his work on "The Merv Griffin Show" which aired in national syndication (and briefly on CBS TV) during the 1960's, '70s and '80s and was taped first at NYC's "Little Theater" (now known as The New Helen Hayes Theater) and later in Los Angeles-first at The Hollywood Palace TV Theater and then at "The TAV Celebrity TV Theater". His work on Mr. Griffin's series earned him Emmy nominations and he won an Emmy for his work on Ms. Streisand's TV concert. He is survived by his wife Judy,three sons and three daughters.

We've lost so many great television talents lately.

Here is Merv Griffin in a duet with the great Jack Sheldon backed by Mort Lindsey and his orchestra.






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