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date: 16 April 2021

Henderson, Skitch [Lyle Russell Cedric]locked

  • Mark Tucker
  • , revised by John J. Sheinbaum


[Lyle Russell Cedric]

(b Birmingham, UK, Jan 27, 1918; d New Milford, CT, Nov 1, 2005).

American conductor, pianist, composer, and arranger of English birth, though Henderson may have been born in Halstad, Minnesota, and prevaricated to add prestige to his background. During the 1930s Henderson worked as a pianist with dance bands and as a studio musician in films and radio. He led his own band in the late 1940s and served both before and after World War II as pianist and music director for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, who gave him his distinctive nickname. During the war years, he first joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and later became an American citizen and served in the US Air Force. He studied theory and harmony with Schoenberg at UCLA after the war. In 1949, Henderson joined the music staff of NBC; his appearances on Steve Allen’s Tonight (1954–6...

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