A celebrated conductor, composer, arranger, musician and bandleader who worked with a string of music stars including Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli has died, the BBC reports. Mort Lindsey, 89, died Friday in Malibu, Calif., after a long illness.
Lindsey was perhaps best known as the bandleader on "The Merv Griffin Show." He won an Emmy for his work as the orchestra conductor for Barbra Streisand’s 1968 TV special "A Happening In Central Park."
Lindsey was also the musical director for Judy Garland’s legendary performance that produced the 1961 album "Judy at Carnegie Hall," a two-record live set that won four Grammy Awards, including album of the year. For Minnelli, he provided musical arrangement on her Emmy-winning TV special "Liza With a Z" in 1972.
For 25 years, Lindsey was Merv Griffin’s musical director on his TV shows, from syndication to CBS and back.