Bernie Leighton

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  
(Results 1-25 of 55 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leighton, Bernie," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106216.

Leighton, Bernie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106216.

"Leighton, Bernie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106216

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.