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.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Mort Lindsey was part of a trio called the Playboys with jazz guitarist Johnny Smith and organist Arlo Hults at NBC.[3]

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


  1. ^ "BBC News - Composer Mort Lindsey dies at the age of 89". Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  2. ^ A Brief History, Newark Arts High School; accessed August 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Flanagan, Lin (2015). Moonlight in Vermont: The Official Biography of Johnny Smith. Anaheim Hills: Centerstream. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-57424-322-2. 
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