• February 13, 1908
  • New York, NY


  • April 24, 1971
  • Palm Springs, CA


Lennie Hayton

Composer and arranger Lennie Hayton began taking piano lessons at six years of age. He worked with the Little Ramblers in 1926 and joined Cass Hagan's orchestra in 1927. Hayton briefly led his own band in 1928 before being hired by Paul Whiteman in September of 1928. He remained with Whiteman until May 1930.

Hayton stayed busy during the 1930s recording with many of the top names in jazz, including Bix Biederbecke, Joe Venuti, Red Nichols, and Frankie Trumbauer. He also served as musical director for Bing Crosby. In 1939 he formed his own big band. When it broke up in 1941 Hayton settled in Hollywood, where he served as a musical director for MGM until 1953. He continued arranging and composing throughout the 1960s, mostly for his wife, Lena Horne, whom he married in 1947. Lennie Hayton passed away in 1971.