June 09, 1912 - December 10, 1998
Buddy Feyne (born Bernard Feinstein) was one of the most productive composers and lyricist of the swing era. He was the author of hundreds of songs, including multiple №1 hits, as well as a decorated soldier who helped his country using his weapon and his comrades - using his music.
Buddy Feyne – The Swing Powerhouse
He was to the Jewish family of Solomon and Sarah Feinstein, who had immigrated to the U.S., to New York City, from the Russian Empire. The boy took an early interest in music, showed great promise and finally decided on a career in the music industry.
At the advice of a friend of the family, who insisted that a Jewish name would prevent the young Feinstein from succeeding in the business, Bernard changed both his first and last names to Buddy Feyne.
Feyne found a job writing songs for Lewis Music Publishers, which happened to be one of the very few American companies of the era which published "race music", meaning songs created by black musicians. In 1939, he wrote lyrics for the hit "Tuxedo Junction" swing song, performed to ballrooms full of ecstatic dancers. There were several well-known authors working of their own lyrics for the piece, but Glenn Miller selected Feyne's version for recording the eponymous song, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1940, selling at least 115,000 copies during the very first week of release. The song, using Feyne's lyrics, would later be also recorded by the Andrews Sisters, Duke Ellington, Jan Savitt and many other popular orchestras of the time.
When World War II broke out, Feyne was drafted and sent for training to Fort Pickett, VA. Despite rigorous training courses, the musician continued to write songs and even sent his Your Soldier Boy (recorded right there on the military base) to be played on Armed Forces Radio. He was deployed in the Pacific, in the 77th Infantry Division, and fought bravely, earning the Bronze Star for an act of valor and the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.
While stationed in the Philippines, his regiment was too far for the USO to reach them, so he wrote, conducted and performed in Army music shows himself, making the hard soldiers' life a bit easier.
After returning to America, he teamed up with several musicians and lyricist, including Milton Berle, Harry Revel, Bill Harrington, Raymond Scott, Stan Worth, Al Sherman, Ken Carson, Bill Baker, Joe Williams, and Peter Tinturin, and recorded multiple hits. In addition, he worked on music scores for films and TV shows, including Diary of a Stewardess, Dead End Dolls, and Up Your Alley.
During his long and successful career, Feyne wrote more than 400 songs, later recorded (and re-recorded) by such well known artists and bands as Glenn Miller, Joe Williams, The Manhattan Transfer, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Autry, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, The Andrews Sisters, Frankie Avalon, Joe Jackson, George Benson and Boz Scaggs.
Buddy Feyne died peacefully in his home in Los Angeles in 1998, at the age of 86.
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