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TomAz
10-15-2008, 07:09 AM
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.

bmack86
10-15-2008, 07:42 AM
That's sad. I'm gonna get one of his songs stuck in my head today, i just know it.

Alchemy
10-15-2008, 08:01 AM
I'd say he lived an accomplished life. Rest in peace, Mr. Hefti.

marooko
10-15-2008, 08:38 AM
Sinchy sinchy sinchy

SFChrissy
10-15-2008, 08:45 AM
ahhh RIP

chairmenmeow47
10-15-2008, 11:42 AM
na na na na na na na na SAD TIMES!

M Sparks
10-16-2008, 07:48 AM
ya dun dadun ta dun...da ta da...da ta dun daaaaaaaaaaa.

ye din dedan te din...de te de...de te din daaaaaaaaaaa.

Yaaaa da dun daaaa taaaa

Yaaaa da dun ta daa daa

de dun ta da (yen ta da)

dun ta da (yen ta da)

dun ta da BA DUM PA BUMP!

garrett222
10-16-2008, 07:52 AM
this should be in the default thread