Buddy Bregman, Famed Arranger, Composer And Producer, Father Of Tracey Bregman, Dies At 86
Bregman attended UCLA and did the orchestration and conducted for a few Lieber & Stoller songs, including “Bazoom I Need Your Lovin,” recorded by The Cheers. It made the charts in 1954, and that prompted him to leave school.
At age 25, Bregman was hired by the legendary jazz impresario Norman Granz as the A&R head of a new label called Verve. There, he worked as an arranger for such artists as Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Fred Astaire.
Bregman arranged two of the albums in Fitzgerald’s song-book project as well as several of her early Verve singles. He also produced the 1956 album Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings at Verve and did four albums with Sammy Davis Jr. (He also acted alongside Davis in the play The Desperate Hours.)
Bregman was the first American director hired for the BBC, where he produced and directed 1965’s An Evening With Ethel Merman and ran its specials department. In 1966, he was appointed head of light entertainment for the weekday ITV company Redifussion London.
Longtime friend Constance Towers Gavin, who is married to international businessman John Gavin, and who also stars as Helena Cassadine on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital” told Highlight Hollywood, “Buddy was one of the first music arrangers I met when I came to Hollywood and what a talented man.. He was handsome, sweet, charming and so gifted.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his son Barry; his former wife, actress Suzanne Lloyd; his grandsons Austin, Landon, Bernie and Adam; his great-grandson Ace; and his brother Bobby and sister-in-law Ellisa.