Bernie Leighton (January 30, 1921 – September 16, 1994) was an American jazz pianist.
Leighton was born in West Haven, Connecticut. He first played professionally at the end of the 1930s. He played with Bud Freeman, Leo Reisman, Raymond Scott (1940) and Benny Goodman (1940-41) before serving in the Army. Following his discharge, he found much work as a studio sideman, with Dave Tough (1946), Billie Holiday (1949), Neal Hefti (1951), Goodman again, Artie Shaw (1953), John Serry, Sr. (1956), James Moody (1963) and Bob Wilber (1969). He did a tour with Tony Bennett in 1972-73.
While Leighton was best known as a sideman, he also recorded extensively as a leader; he released on Keynote Records in 1946, Mercury Records in 1950, an LP on Columbia Records in 1950, Brunswick in 1951, LPs for Disneyland and Capitol in 1957, and a tribute to Duke Ellington released in 1974.
His instrumental cover of Connie Francis' "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You" on the Colpix label in 1962 reached #101 on Billboard's listing.
Leighton has a cameo role in the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters. He died in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 30th, 1921 (West Haven), Died September 16th, 1994 (Coconut Creek)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1954
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 55 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||75227||9/6/1949||That lucky old sun||Louis Armstrong ; Gordon Jenkins and his Chorus and Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75228||9/6/1949||Blueberry hill-1||Louis Armstrong ; Gordon Jenkins and his Chorus and Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75421||10/19/1949||You're my thrill||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75422||10/19/1949||Crazy he calls me||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75423||10/19/1949||Please tell me now||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75424||10/19/1949||Somebody's on my mind||Billie Holiday||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81505||9/5/1951||Love me or please let me be||Rita Moss||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81506||9/5/1951||Darlin'||Rita Moss||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81529||9/12/1951||Waitin' for the evenin' mail||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81530||9/12/1951||Slow poke||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81531||9/12/1951||I wanna play house with you||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81532||9/12/1951||Cherokee||Roberta Lee ; Neal Hefti Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82613||4/3/1952||Forgive me||Peggy Lee||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82614||4/3/1952||Be anything (but be mine)||Peggy Lee||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82615||4/3/1952||I'm glad there is you||Peggy Lee||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||82616||4/3/1952||You go to my head||Peggy Lee||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84025||2/27/1953||Swanee river boogie||Commanders Big Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84026||2/27/1953||Honey in the horn||Commanders Big Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84784||6/29/1953||O (Oh!)||Commanders Big Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84785||6/29/1953||Meet the brass||Commanders Big Band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84799||7/2/1953||These foolish things||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84800||7/2/1953||In the still of the night||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84801||7/2/1953||That old black magic||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84802||7/2/1953||I'll be seeing you||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||84817||7/6/1953||It could happen to you||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leighton, Bernie," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106216.
Leighton, Bernie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106216.
"Leighton, Bernie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.
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