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Mort Lindsey dies at 89; Judy Garland's musical director
Mort Lindsey dies at 89; Judy Garland's musical director

Mort Lindsey, a conductor, arranger and composer best known as the music director for Judy Garland in the 1960s and for his more than two decades as music director for "The Merv Griffin Show," has died. He was 89. Lindsey, who was in declining health since breaking his hip six months ago, died May 4 at his home in Malibu, said his son Trevor. A pianist and a former staff conductor for CBS and ABC in New York in the 1950s, Lindsey was music director for Garland at her historic Carnegie Hall concert on April 23, 1961. "Judy at Carnegie Hall," a two-record album, spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. ...

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