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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
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Today is Friday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2006 with 338 to follow.
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Bandleader Skitch Henderson dead at 87

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Grammy-winning conductor/arranger Lyle "Skitch" Henderson, who led the first band for "The Tonight Show," has died in New Haven, Conn. He was 87.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2005 with 338 to follow.
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Skitch Henderson gets Smithsonian honor

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Skitch Henderson, founder and director of the New York Pops orchestra, has been named winner of the Smithsonian's 2005 James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. The honor will be bestowed on Henderson, 86, on Jan. 29 at a ceremony at the National Museum of Natur

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2004 with 339 to follow.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bass player and composer Bob Haggart was born this day in 1914 in New York.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2003 with 338 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2002 with 338 to follow.
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Skitch Henderson arrives at the Museum of Television and Radio's Gala Honoring Merv Griffin at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on May 26, 2005. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Lyle Russell Cedric “Skitch” Henderson (January 27, 1918 – November 1, 2005) was a pianist, conductor, and composer. His nickname ("Skitch") reportedly derived from his ability to quickly "re-sketch" a song in a different key.

Skitch Henderson was born on a farm near Halstad, Minnesota, to Joseph and Josephine Henderson, both of Norwegian descent. His mother died shortly after his birth, and he was then sent to live with his Aunt Hattie, who raised him. She taught him piano, starting at the age of four. Although he didn't receive formal conservatory education in music, Henderson received classical training under Fritz Reiner, Albert Coates, Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Toch and Arturo Toscanini, who invited him to conduct the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Henderson would later recount his learning the ropes by playing in taverns with popular singers of the day.

He started his professional career in the 1930s playing piano in the roadhouses of the American Midwest, his major break being as an accompanist on a 1937 MGM promotional tour featuring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. Henderson later said that as a member of MGM's music department, he worked with Garland to learn "Over the Rainbow" during rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz and played piano for her first public performance of the song at a local nightclub before the film was finished. However this account is at odds with the memoirs of the tune's composer, Harold Arlen, who said he first performed the song for the 14-year-old Garland.

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