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    Re: Goodby, Neal Hefti

    Neil Hefti's Lil Darlin was a great number for getting us introduced to jazz charts and teaching us to swing when I first joined the jazz/stage band in high school.

    Talented guy - will be missed!
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    Re: Goodby, Neal Hefti

    He will be missed. Didn't he write the theme for the "Odd Couple" too?
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    Re: Goodby, Neal Hefti

    oh ok i thought you meant some of the new ones
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    Re: Goodby, Neal Hefti

    yes, he did do "The Odd Couple"... one of my personal favs... we did that one in Jazz band during my high school years!
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    Re: Goodby, Neal Hefti

    I had this going in another thread...prior to this one...but it seems folks have gravitated to this one. See below:

    Neal Hefti, composer of 'Batman' theme, dies
    >> Oct. 14, 2008, 11:01 PM EST
    >> LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Neal Hefti, a Big Band trumpeter, arranger
    >> and composer of themes for the movie "The Odd Couple" and the
    >> "Batman" television series, has died. He was 85.
    >> Hefti died Saturday at his home, said his son Paul Hefti.
    >> Neal Hefti's notable achievements include the iconic theme of the
    >> 1960s superhero series "Batman," which became a Top 40 hit and
    >> won a Grammy Award in 1966 for best instrumental theme. He also
    >> composed music for "The Odd Couple," "Barefoot in the Park" and
    >> "Harlow," which featured his classic track "Girl Talk."
    >> His son said the "Batman" theme was Neal Hefti's most difficult
    >> piece, taking him at least one month to compose the driving bass
    >> and explosive trumpet bursts.
    >> "He threw away more music paper on this thing than any other
    >> song," Paul Hefti told The Associated Press. "It got down to the
    >> blues with a funny guitar hook, the lowest common denominator and
    >> a fun groove."
    >> Neal Hefti was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Hastings, Neb., and played
    >> trumpet with local bands as a teenager to earn money.
    >> As an adult, he worked with and arranged music for the greats of
    >> the Big Band era, including Count Basie, Woody Herman, Charlie
    >> Spivak and Harry James.
    >> "He was one of the really great arrangers and composers of all
    >> time," radio and television personality Gary Owens, a longtime
    >> friend, told the Los Angeles Times.
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