Old news by now. Hefti was one of those musicians who, through luck or sheer talent (most likely the latter), created the soundtrack of life itself. The obits all mention “The Odd Couple” and “Batman”, but here’s a clip of Lionel Hampton performing Hefti’s “Cute”. I’ve heard the song a hundred times but never knew the name, nor knew that it has lyrics at all.

Saw it at Mark Evanier’s News From Me.

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