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Skitch Henderson
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Bandleader
    (January 27, 1918-November 1, 2005)
    Born in Halstad, Minnesota
    Birth name was Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson
    Pianist and conductor
    Music director for Frank Sinatra's 'Lucky Strike Show,' Bing Crosby's 'Philco Hour' and Bob Hope's 'Pepsodent Show' for NBC Radio
    Bandleader for 'The Tonight Show' with Steve Allen (1953-57) and Johnny Carson (1962-66)
    Founder and musical director of the New York Pops Orchestra (1983-2005)
    He claimed to have been born in Birmingham, England.
    One reviewer said he was probably better remembered by 'Tonight Show' viewers for his dapper clothes than his music.
    He spent four months in prison for tax evasion (1975) for donating his music library to the University of Wisconsin, then claiming a tax deduction far larger than its actual value.
    He claimed he had determined the value of the collection by consulting with Leonard Bernstein and Henry Mancini, both of whom denied it.
    In addition, the signature on a letter from the University submitted as evidence was found to be a forgery.
    He served with the US Army Air Corps as a trainer during World War II.
    He created the Tonight Show's 'Stump the Band' routine.
    He won a Grammy for a recording of 'Porgy and Bess.' (1963)
    Marvin Hamlisch said, 'What's great about Skitch is that he can move between any type of music.... He's a consummate musician.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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