Milt Bernhart, a big band trombonist known for his solo on Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin," has died of complications of congestive heart failure. He was 77.

Milt Bernhart, a big band trombonist known for his solo on Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin," has died of complications of congestive heart failure. He was 77.

Bernhart, who played in bands led by Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini and others during his three-decade career, died Thursday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, his son David said.

Bernhart was performing in Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars when Marlon Brando arranged for the band to play in the 1954 film "The Wild One."

Bernhart then became an in-studio musician for Columbia and other film and television studios, and in 1956 added a memorable solo to Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin."

Born in Valparaiso, Ind., Bernhart was drafted into the Army and was to be sent overseas during World War II before he was transferred to the service's band.

After his music career wound down in 1973, he bought Kelly Travel Service in Los Angeles. He created the Big Band Academy of America in 1986 and planned to retire as the organization's founding president in March.

Bernhart is survived by three children and five grandchildren.


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