Bernard D. Hanighen (April 27, 1908, Omaha, Nebraska – October 19, 1976, New York, NY) was an American songwriter and record producer best known for "When a Woman Loves a Man" and writing lyrics to the very popular and critically acclaimed jazz composition "'Round Midnight" which was composed by legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk. Hanighen also worked with Clarence Williams and Johnny Mercer.
Bernie Hanighen and Cootie Williams collaborated to transform Thelonious Monk's bop masterpiece "'Round Midnight," creating what became a standard in the vocal canon thanks to performances by Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Chris Connor, and Julie London.
Producing Billie Holiday
Bernie almost lost his job at Columbia fighting for me. A lot of guys were big tippers uptown, but when it came to fighting for you downtown, they were nowhere. Not Bernie. He was the cause of me making my first records under my own name - not as anybody's damn vocalist, but Billie Holiday period, and then the list of musicians backing me. Bernie Hanighen is a great guy.
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