Mort Lindsey


Emmy-winning orchestra leader and composer Mort Lindsey died at his Malibu home May 4 at the age of 89.

Lindsey was born in Newark, N.J. in 1923. He received a doctorate in music education from Columbia University.

Lindsey was perhaps best known for his music direction of Judy Garland’s famed Carnegie Hall performances. He also spent 25 years as musical director for “The Merv Griffin Show” from 1962 until 1986.

Lindsey composed music for many films and TV shows, such as “I Could Go On Singing,” “40 Pounds of Trouble” and “The Best Man.” He also won an Emmy for his musical work on Barbara Streisand’s concert album “A Happening in Central Park.”

Lindsey’s death came after a long period of ill health. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and his three sons and three daughters.