Buddy Pepper

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Buddy Pepper (born Jack Retherford Starkey, April 21, 1922 – February 7, 1993) was an American pianist, songwriter, arranger and actor, known as one of three writers of Billboard's top tune of 1953,[1] "Vaya Con Dios," which has been recorded over 500 times. He also wrote several songs for Universal Pictures' films, including Mister Big (1943). In 1959, he wrote the title song for the Oscar-winning film Pillow Talk, which actress Doris Day sang during the opening credits.

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Buddy Pepper
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Background information
Birth nameJack Retherford Starkey
Born(1922-04-21)April 21, 1922
La Grange, Kentucky, United States
DiedFebruary 7, 1993(1993-02-07) (aged 70)
Sherman Oaks, California, United States
Occupation(s)Songwriter, composer, arranger, actor
Years active1930s–1960s

In addition to his contributions in the film industry, Pepper was also known as the piano accompanist, arranger, and even vocal coach of such stars as Judy Garland, Margaret Whiting,[2] Marlene Dietrich,[3] Smilin' Jack Smith,[4] and Lisa Kirk.[3]