Conductor and pianist Skitch Henderson followed a long stint as musical director for crooner Frank Sinatra with his most famous gig: bandleader of NBC television's The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Born Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson in Birmingham, England, on January 27, 1918, he was the son of a church organist and enrolled in the London Conservatory at age seven. Henderson relocated to the U.S. in the late '20s, spending his adolescence in the care of relatives. Despite studying composition under Arnold Schoenberg and conducting under Fritz Reiner, he paid his dues as a roadhouse pianist in clubs across Minnesota and Montana before settling in Los Angeles, working in radio and theater orchestras before landing a gig as the accompanist on a 1937 MGM promotional tour featuring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. After returning to ...
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Swinging with Strings 2001 Swinging with Strings
Legends 2003 Legends
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