Friday, March 1, 2019

R.I.P.: Andre Previn (1929-2019)

(born April 6, 1929 in Berlin, Germany;
died on February 28, 2019 in New York, NY, USA)

R.I.P.: Four-time Oscar-winning artist André Previn, aged 89. Legendary jazz pianist -- having played often with Shelly Manne, Leroy Vinnegar, Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, and Barney Kessel during the cool-jazz era, as well as with Benny Carter, Dinah Shore, J.J. Johnson, Doris Day, Helen Humes, Ray Brown, Benny Goodman, Pete Rugolo, Dinah Washington, Julie Andrews, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, David Finck, Niels Pedersen, Wynton Marsalis and Ella Fitzgerald --, pop songwriter (who wrote such soundtracks as "Valley Of The Dolls"), classical composer and conductor.

Previn won 4 Oscars and 10 Grammy awards. He was married to Betty Bennett (1952-1957), Dory Langdon (1959-1969), Mia Farrow (1970-1979), Heather Hales (1982-1999), Anne-Sophie Mutter (2002-2006). As a classical conductor, Previn developed a long association with the London Symphony Orchestra, often doing crossover projects with such singers as Kiri Te Kanawa and Kathleen Battle.

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