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February 25, 2008

Conductor-Musician Jerry Graff Dies

Multifaceted music man lead the Beachcombers, worked
with Nat King Cole Show, Woody Allen and more

Jerry Graff

Encino, CA – Celebrated musician Jerry Graff died of cancer on February 14 in Encino, CA. He was 87. The conducter, arranger and noted singer enjoyed a career that spanned more than 50 years.

Graff, who lead Rat Pack-era vocal group The Beachcombers, created arrangments for the Nat King Cole Show and performed on the television program. After touring with the revitalized Pied Pipers (Frank Sinatra's original vocal group), the New Yor City native moved into a successful carerr as a studio singer and composer.

The Brooklyn College graduate is an alum of the infamous World War II Special Services Unit, which included Carl Reiner, Hal David and Allen Ludden, among others.

Married for 40 years to Judith Graff, he is survived by daughter Ilene, sons Richard and Todd, and grandchildren Nikka and Holdenn.

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