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Skitch Henderson
January 27, 1918 - November 1, 2005
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

But I listen to everything, I listen to all artists that come along.


If you don't operate it as a business, you aren't going to be around very long.


I think my favorite experience is whatever I'm doing now.


I've watched the demise of the Hollywood orchestra, the house orchestras of the big studios.


That was probably the stamp that went into my mind, because I worked in television for many years, doing that kind of music, so that really was my strong forte.


Although we are being presented in Carnegie Hall, we have to furnish a budget for our guest stars, and for the music writing - which is a huge budget in any orchestra that plays popular music.


We try to say it's creative and in a manner it is creative, but it is a business, because today, with the cost factor in crossing the boundaries that you do.


We do a lot of light classical programming with that, too... obviously... a lot of Tchaikovsky music, Grieg, things like that which have become less classical with classical concerts.


I had had a classical education prior to that.


While there used to be one or two Pops orchestras, now there are all kinds of European orchestras that suddenly look upon this as a golden wand that can enable them to make money recording this music.


Symphonic orchestras have almost become a glut in the market.


Do, What you're going to do in longevity. Not just what happens tomorrow.


Well, I worked with lots of different artists, of course.


I recorded with Sinatra, but the recording business is a very strange strata right now.


And then I went into television; and then television moved from the East Coast to Hollywood.


I grew up on film scores and scores from films.


Then I went to radio with Sinatra and I watched that disappear.


Well, in our business, it's a very tough profession.


I worked with practically everybody in the business in all of the years in NBC, but I worked personally many years with people like Crosby and Sinatra, so of course that was a great ground school for me.


In a way, yes, because I was starting something fresh, and it was something totally independent.


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