Pianist and arranger Joe Harnell dies aged 80


Pianist and arranger Joe Harnell died of heart failure on 14th July, 2005.

He was born in the Bronx on 2nd August, 1924, and began his musical career with piano studies aged just 6.

At age 14 his professional career began when he played jazz piano for a number of bands whilst his musical education continued.

In 1943 Joe Harnell entered the Air Force and soon began touring with the Glenn Miller Air Force Band, serving both in the United States and in Europe.

In 1946 he continued his professional music career as music director for many singers including Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich, Pearl Bailey, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Beverly Sills and Peggy Lee.

He has recorded 18 albums including Fly Me To The Moon, and a collection of his solo piano music Memory of a Dream.

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To date, Joe Harnell has been nominated for an Emmy Award on three different occasions for Best Dramatic Score. He has composed over 400 hours of original music for motion pictures and for such television shows as Santa Barbara, The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation and “V.” Mr. Harnell also has done several television commercials for Japan, one of which was awarded the Japanese equivalent of a CLIO. The music from these commercials has also been released on full-length recordings performed by Mel Torme, Anita O’Day, Crystal Gayle, Marlena Shaw and other noted artists.

(Excerpts taken from his official biography)

Visit the official Joe Harnell website.

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