Herb Bernstein

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Herb Bernstein is an American record producer, composer, arranger, and conductor.

Professional life[edit]

Herb Bernstein arranged and produced records for many artists in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.[1] These artists include Laura Nyro, John Denver, Joel Grey, The Four Seasons, Bob Dylan, The Monkees, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, The Happenings, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Julie Budd, Lainie Kazan, Frankie Valli, Peaches & Herb, Patti Austin, Connie Francis, Lesley Gore, and Jimmy Roselli.

Bernstein's numerous hit records, as producer/publisher/arranger, include “See You in September,” “Go Away Little Girl,” “Knock Three Times” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane, and "I Can't Make It Without You" in 1968 sung by Lesley Gore. The Laura Nyro album More Than a New Discovery released in 1967, which Bernstein arranged and conducted, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The album included such songs as "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Stoney End."[citation needed]

Bernstein served as musical director and conductor for Michael Amante. As of August 2012 he continues to work as an arranger and conductor, working with Regis Philbin and Joy Philbin, and Bernstein's longtime protegee Julie Budd, appearing at symphonies and other venues across the country.[citation needed]

Bernstein has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and with the Buffalo, Baltimore, Austin, Hartford, South Bend, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.[citation needed]

On August 11, 2012, Bernstein participated in Lincoln Center's "29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival" as a panelist for the "Stoned Soul Symposium" discussing the work of Laura Nyro.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Herb Bernstein was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.[citation needed] He attended Southern Methodist University on a basketball scholarship, then earned his B.S. and M.A. in Education at New York University.[citation needed] He taught at Eastern District high schools before embarking on his music career.[2]

Bernstein dabbled in music from the time he was a child, starting with violin lessons at the age of four. He later learned piano and played in various bands until he broke into the record business full-time in the mid-1960s.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1960s, Bernstein was married to Joyce Robinson, a dancer with whom he had two daughters: Jill Bernstein, a writer and publicist in Washington, DC, and Ellyn Bernstein, an event producer/agent in New York City. He has two granddaughters, Alyson and Rachel. He and his second wife, Anne Roselli, daughter of Jimmy Roselli,[2] have a son Michael.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Dorff, Steve; Freedman, Colette (2017). I Wrote That One, Too . . .: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781540005014. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Butler, Patricia (2009). Barry Manilow: The Biography. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857121011. Retrieved 12 January 2019.

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