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Neal Hefti

tr, 1922-2008 US, Hastings, Nebraska
Musician / Composer / Songwriter / Arranger of Jazz

American jazz trumpeter (born October 29, 1922, Hastings, NE - died October 11, 2008, Los Angeles, CA). Most famous for his work as composer and arranger especially for Woody Herman and Count Basie. Began arranging professionally in his teens for Nat Towles. Played trumpet in the early '40s with Bob Astor, Les Lieber, Charlie Barnet, Bobby Byrne, Charlie Spivak, and Horace Heidt. He joined up with Woody Herman in 1944 and gained a strong reputation for composing (e.g. "The Good Earth" and "Wild Root") and arranging (e.g. "Woodchopper's Ball" and "Blowin' Up a Storm") while still playing trumpet. He married Herman's vocalist Frances Wayne in 1945. From 1950 he wrote dozens of songs for Count Basie including "Li'l Darlin'", "Cute", "Whirly Bird", "Little Pony" and "Kid from Red Bank". He also led his own band intermittently for a few years in the '50s but from the '60s concentrated on writing TV and film scores, e.g. themes from Batman, Barefoot in the Park, and The Odd Couple.

  • Trumpet
  • Keyboards
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Li'l Darlin' - Instrumental on Mighty Aphrodite - Original Soundtrack by Various Artists
The Odd Couple Theme - Instrumental Demo on Barefoot In The Park / The Odd Couple by Neal Hefti
The Odd Couple Main Title on Barefoot In The Park / The Odd Couple by Neal Hefti
Batman Theme on The Music Of DC Comics: Vol. 2 by Various Artists
Classic Batman Main Title on Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders by Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis & Michael McCuistion
Girl Talk on Harlow by Neal Hefti
Barefoot In The Park Main Title on Barefoot In The Park / The Odd Couple by Neal Hefti
Classic Batman End Title on Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders by Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis & Michael McCuistion
The Right One on Harlow by Neal Hefti
Mom Arrives For Dinner on Barefoot In The Park / The Odd Couple by Neal Hefti

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Title Artist Year Type
Drôle de Couple/The Odd Couple (Music From The Original Motion Picture Score)Neal Hefti2017Album
Barefoot In The Park/The Odd CoupleNeal Hefti2017Album
Oh Dad, poor Dad - BoeingBoeingNeal Hefti2016Compil.
Batman ThemeNeal Hefti2015Single
Musica Desde HollywoodNeal Hefti2014Single
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved HollywoodNeal Hefti2014Album
Count Basie And His Orchestra Play Neal Hefti. Complete Basie-Hefti Studio Sessions 1951-1962Count Basie, Count Basie Orchestra, Neal Hefti2013Compil.
The Atomic Mr. BasieCount Basie Orchestra + Neal Hefti2012Album
Synanon / Enter LaughingNeal Hefti, Quincy Jones2011Compil.
How To Murder Your Wife/Lord Love A DuckNeal Hefti2009Album
Batman Theme and 11 Hefti Bat SongsNeal Hefti2007Single
Sex and the Single Girl/The Chapman ReportNeal Hefti, Leonard Rosenman2007Album
Pardon My Doo-Wah / Hefti Hot 'n HeartyNeal Hefti2001Compil.
Batman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Nelson Riddle / Neal Hefti2000Album
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feelin' So Sad - Music From The Film ScoreNeal Hefti1999Album
Batman Theme / The Addams FamilyNeal Hefti / Vic Mizzy And His Orchestra1989Single
Batman ThemeNeal Hefti1989Album
Batman ThemeNeal Hefti1988Album
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band EraJan Savitt / Smith Ballew / Neal Hefti / Ray Herbeck / Paul Specht / Griff Williams / Henry Jerome1985Compil.
The Great Escape / Duel In DiabloElmer Bernstein, Neal Hefti1974Single
Western Theme Best 4Jerome Moross, Neal Hefti, Elmer Bernstein1972Single
Indicatif de Pierre BouteillerNeal Hefti1970Single
La Strana Coppia/TomatoesNeal Hefti1968Single
The Odd Couple (Music From The Original Motion Picture Score)Neal Hefti1968Album
The Odd CoupleNeal Hefti1968Single
Oh Dad, Poor DadNeal Hefti1967Single
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feelin' So Sad - Music From The Film ScoreNeal Hefti1967Album
Barefoot In The Park (Music From The Score)Neal Hefti1967Album
Barefoot In The ParkNeal Hefti1967Single
Definitely Hefti!Neal Hefti1967Album
Dixiland A Lo Neal HeftiNeal Hefti1966Single
Frenchie - Theme From Boeing BoeingNeal Hefti1966Single
Lord Love A Duck (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)Neal Hefti1966Album
Boeing BoeingNeal Hefti1966Album
Hefti In Gotham CityNeal Hefti1966Album
Duel At DiabloNeal Hefti1966Album
Batman Theme! And Other Bat SongsNeal Hefti / Maxwell Davis1966Album
Batman Theme And 11 Hefti Bat SongsNeal Hefti1966Album
Lord Love A DuckNeal Hefti1966Single
Boeing BoeingNeal Hefti1966Single
Gotham City Municipal Swing Band / Turkish DelightNeal Hefti1965Single
Synanon - Original Sound Track Recording Of Music From The Motion PictureNeal Hefti1965Album
Batman Theme / Batman ChaseNeal Hefti1965Single
How To Murder Your Wife (Original Motion Picture Score)Neal Hefti1965Album
Li'l Darlin'Neal Hefti1964Album
Sex And The Single Girl (Original Motion Picture Score)Neal Hefti1964Album
Football ForeverNeal Hefti1963Single
Theme From The Andy Griffith Show (The Fishin' Hole) / Theme From Ben CaseyNeal Hefti1962Single
Themes From TV's Top 12Neal Hefti1962Album
L'Orchestre Qui Chante Et Qui DanseNeal Hefti1962Album
Concerto For The X-15 / Theme From The X-15Elliott Evans / Neal Hefti1961Single
A Salute To The InstrumentsNeal Hefti1960Album
Opus 1Neal Hefti1960Single
And The Angels SingDella Reese with Neal Hefti1960Single
The Flower VendorNeal Hefti1959Single
BasieCount Basie Orchestra + Neal Hefti1958Album
Concert MiniaturesNeal Hefti1957Album
Jump, Junior, Jump / One TimeThe Laurie Sisters1956Single
Lucky Duck / PerdidoNeal Hefti1956Single
The Band With Young IdeasNeal Hefti1956Album
Rock LoveEddie Fontaine With Neal Hefti And The Excels1955Single
No Arms Can Ever Hold YouClef With The Ray Charles Chorus Conducted By Neal Hefti1955Album
No Place To Hide / Love For LoveNeal Hefti1955Single
Presenting Neal Hefti & His OrchestraNeal Hefti1955Album
MalaguenaNeal Hefti, The Mello-Larks1955Single
Sure ThingNeal Hefti1953Single
Stormy Weather / I Just Couldn't Take It BabyFrances Wayne with Orchestra Directed by Neal Hefti1953Single
Uncle Jim / Falling In Love All Over AgainNeal Hefti1953Single
Two-Faced Clock / JambalayaNeal Hefti, Frances Wayne1952Album
Lonesome And Blue / Why Not?Neal Hefti, Frances Wayne1952Album
Do You Care? / SiboneyNeal Hefti - Frances Wayne And Orchestra1952Single
Lonesome And BlueNeal Hefti, Frances Wayne1952Single
Mean To Me / Somebody Loves MeNeal Hefti - Frances Wayne1952Album
Yes You Are / Love LiesConnie Haines, Neal Hefti1951Single
Neal Hefti And His Orchestra With The Ray Charles ChoirNeal Hefti With Neal Hefti's OrchestraSingle
Lonesome And BlueNeal Hefti, Frances WayneSingle
Neal Hefti's Singing InstrumentalsNeal Hefti, The Ray Charles ChoirAlbum
Batman Theme / Superman SongNeal Hefti / Tom GlazerSingle
Why Fight The Feeling?Roy Hamilton / Neal HeftiAlbum
Topsy Part 2 / Batman ThemeCozy Cole / Neal HeftiSingle
Somebody Loves MeNeal Hefti, Frances WayneSingle
Kissin' Bug BoogieNeal Hefti, Frances WayneSingle
Duel At DiabloNeal HeftiAlbum
Batman Theme / Batman ChaseNeal HeftiSingle
Duel At Diabolo / The Horse SoldiersNeal HeftiAlbum
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