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WINTERHALTER, Hugo

(b 15 Aug '09, Wilkes-Barre PA; d 17 Sep. '73, Greenwich CN) Arranger, conductor. Studied at New England Conservatory, wrote arr. for Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Claude Thornhill, Will Bradley, others. Mus. dir. at MGM '48-9, Columbia '49-50, RCA '50-63, and Kapp. At RCA he wrote arr. for Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Ames Bros, others; his record of "Canadian Sunset' (with its comp. Eddie Heywood on piano) sold two million '56. His recording of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue early '50s with the excellent Byron Janis on piano made it swing more than most, the best version available at the time.