LOUIS “Buddy” BREGMAN, 86, on Jan. 8 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Los Angeles, CA. An arranger, composer and producer who worked with many of the leading musical artists of the 20th Century. At age 25, he became head of A&R at Norman Granz’s newly-established Verve Records.
A year later, he arranged and conducted three Verve-produced albums that subsequently went platinum. He was Ethel Merman’s personal manager and later became a television producer and director, both in the United States and Europe.