Buddy Bregman

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Buddy Bregman
Buddy Bregman 1959.JPG
Bregman c. 1959
Background information
Born (1930-07-09)July 9, 1930
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died January 8, 2017(2017-01-08) (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop, jazz
Occupations Composer, arranger, producer, conductor
Labels Verve
Associated acts Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Fisher

Buddy Bregman (July 9, 1930 – January 8, 2017) was an American arranger, television producer, and composer. He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

He worked with many of the greatest musical artists of 20th Century popular music, including: Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Anita O'Day, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Jerry Lewis, Paul Anka, Buddy Rich, Eddie Fisher, Annie Ross, and Carmen McRae. He became Ethel Merman's personal arranger.

In the early 1960s Bregman became a television producer and director. After producing several TV specials in Europe, he was hired by David Attenborough for BBC 2 in 1964. In 1966, he was appointed head of light entertainment for the weekday ITV company Rediffusion London.

Bregman wrote Jump Jim Crow – a musical for the Royal Shakespeare Company. It moved into London-based independent TV and movie production.

Bregman died in Los Angeles, California from complications of Alzheimer's disease on January 8, 2017, aged 86.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Barnes, Mike. "Buddy Bregman, Famed Arranger, Composer and Producer, Dies at 86". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 January 2017.