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Pianist Joe Bushkin Dies

Joe Bushkin, a pianist and composer who performed and recorded with Eddie Condon, Louis Prima, Tommy Dorsey, Fats Waller and Billie Holiday, among many other greats, died at his Santa Barbara, California home on November 3 from pneumonia. He was 87.

Bushkin is perhaps most noted for “Oh! Look at Me Now,” a tune the pianist co-composed with lyricist John DeVries while in Tommy Dorsey’s band. The band recorded the song behind a young Frank Sinatra in 1941, making Bushkin’s composition the singer’s first hit. Bushkin scored another hit in 1955 with the release of “Midnight Rhapsody,” a recording featuring Bushkin with an orchestra. Bushkin also composed “A Hot Time in the Town of Berlin,” a golden-age crooner standard covered by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, and the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

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