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,[3] who went by the alias Betty Bonney while touring with the Les Brown Orchestra. Their daughter Bonney Dunn was named for her alias.


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