Mort Lindsey

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Mort Lindsey, (born Morton Lippman; March 21, 1923, Newark, New Jersey – May 4, 2012, Malibu, California), was an orchestrator, composer, pianist, conductor and musical director for Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Pat Boone, and Merv Griffin.[1]

He attended Newark Arts High School.[2] He served stateside as a lieutenant in the Army Air Forces during World War II, received a bachelor's degree from Columbia College and a master's from Columbia University in the 1940s. He later returned to Columbia University, earning a doctoral degree in music education in 1974.

Lindsey was a composer of motion picture scores including I Could Go On Singing, The Best Man, Real Life, Stolen Hours, Gay Purr-ee and Cats Don't Dance which he composed the song Tell Me Lies. He won an Emmy Award for Barbra Streisand in Central Park. In 1954, he married singer Judy Johnson (singer),[3] who went by the alias Betty Bonney while touring with the Les Brown (bandleader) Orchestra. Their daughter Bonney Dunn was named for her alias.


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