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Skitch Henderson

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Bandleader around the Tonight Display in the 1950s and 1960s. He was the receiver of the Handel Medallion from the town of NY for his contribution to NEW YORK culture. He’d play regional taverns with achieved singers associated him. He helped train Judy Garland how exactly to sing “On the Rainbow.” He wedded Faye Emerson in 1950, after that, after their divorce in 1957, he wedded Ruth Einseidel Michaels on February 7, 1958. In 1937, he followed Mickey Rooney with an MGM promotional tour.

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Date Of Birth January 27, 1918
Place Of Birth Halstad, MN
Profession Pop Singer
Education University of California, Los Angeles
Nationality American
Spouse Ruth Einseidel Michaels, Faye Emerson
Children Heidi Henderson, Hans Henderson
Parents Joseph Henderson, Josephine Henderson
Music Groups The New York Pops
Movies Act One, The Gifts
TV Shows The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Steve Allen Show, The Tonight Show, Tonight Starring Steve Allen, Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Skitch Henderson listed his birthplace as Birmingham, England early on to further his career. He was in fact born in Halstad, Minnesota, and can be found as a 2 year old in the 1920 US Census in Hasltad in Norman County, Minnesota. He was orphaned at a young age and raised by his aunt Hattie Gift.
2Currently the founder, music director, and conductor of the New York Pops in New York City. He founded the orchestra, which performs at Carnegie Hall, over 20 years ago, and continues to be its leader today. [January 2005]
3Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 239-240. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
4Bing Crosby gave Skitch his nickname, a shortening of the phrase "sketch kid," so called because of Skitch's ability to sketch out a musical score in different keys.
5Musical director for ABC Radio's "I Deal in Crime" (1946-1947).
6Hit #110 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1968 with "Green, Green Grass of Home" (Columbia 44333).
7Daughter Heidi was married to William Hurt.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beginning of the End of the World1971Documentary
The Gifts1970Documentary short
Act One1963
Project XX1961TV Series documentary 1 episode
Merrily We Roll Along: The Early Days of the Automobile1961TV Movie
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV Series 1 episode
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV Series 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gimme Danger2016Documentary performer: "Night Life"
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
Murder in A-Flat1952Short performer: "Love Me or Leave Me", "Cling To Me", "A Little Bit Independent"
Thrills of Music: Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra1948Short performer: "Ignatz in the Side Pocket", "It's a Good Day", "The Gypsy"
On Our Merry Way1948writer: "Baby Made a Change in Me" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Act One1963conductor
Tonight!1953TV Series musical director - 1954-1957
On Our Merry Way1948music supervisor - uncredited
The Wizard of Oz1939musician: piano - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Faye and Skitch1953TV Series
Murder in A-Flat1952Short'Skitch' Henderson - Gossip Columnist / Piano Player

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Love Songs1995TV MovieHimself
Wolf Trap Presents Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday Celebration1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968-1977TV SeriesHimself - Pianist / Himself / Bandleader
Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!1971Himself
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Skitch Henderson Show1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Merv Griffin Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1966TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1966TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader / Guest Host / Himself - Guest
The Match Game1962-1966TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
Hullabaloo1966TV Series
Today1963TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader / Hmself - Bandleader / Himself - bandleader
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader
Captain Kangaroo1960TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Piano
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956-1959TV SeriesHimself - Conductor / Nucoat Pitchman / Himself - Bandleader / ...
Tonight!1953-1957TV SeriesHimself - Conductor
I've Got a Secret1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Texaco Star Theatre1952TV SeriesHimself - Bandleader / Musician
Where Was I?1952TV SeriesHimself / panelist (1953)
Wonderful Town, U.S.A.1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Your Show of Shows1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
The Frank Sinatra Show1951TV SeriesHimself
Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra1950ShortHimself - Orchestra Leader
The Ed Sullivan Show1949TV SeriesHimself
Thrills of Music: Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra1948ShortHimself - Bandleader

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