Maestro Tex Arnold Has Died

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Hubert “Tex” Arnold

March 2, 1945 — August 22, 2019

By Marilyn Lester for Cabaret Scenes

Hubert “Tex’ Arnold

The music and cabaret communities have lost one of their own. Pianist, arranger, music director, and composer Hubert “Tex” Arnold, 74, passed away on August 22, 2019, due to complications from a sudden massive stroke. His death is a great loss to a far-reaching community of friends, family, and colleagues with whom he worked over many decades in the business.

Tex was a multi-talented musician with ties to radio, television, theater, records, major symphony orchestras, marching bands and, of course, cabaret, where he worked with a host of performers over many years. Notably, he was the music director and accompanist for the legendary Margaret Whiting, working with her for over 25 years.

Tex was born on March 2, 1945 and raised in Temple, Texas. He attended Michigan State University, from which he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in Music Composition. He began his professional career as an arranger for the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY. He moved to New York City following that association, establishing a successful, wide-ranging career.
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Over the years he not only worked with Whiting, but such luminaries as Barbara Cook, Rosemary Clooney, Melissa Errico, Michael Feinstein, Carol Woods, Portia Nelson, Laurel Massé, Maud Hixson, and many more. In recent years he was music director for Judi Mark, Jeff Macauley, Sally Mayes, Celia Berk, and others. He has also been the music director for all six editions of composer Larry Kerchner’s Hidden Treasures, a variety program featuring his long-time friend’s varied works.

With Kerchner, Tex composed “Sinatra.” He also co-composed and arranged “A Day Away from Town,” a trunk song given to him by Debbi Bush Whiting, daughter of Margaret Whiting and granddaughter of composer Richard Whiting. Among his other compositions are works in classical, Latin, and jazz idioms that were commissioned, published, and recorded by organizations including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, and the New York Saxophone Quartet. He was a member of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and ASCAP; he was a multiple winner of the annual ASCAPlus Award for composition. Additionally, Tex has written orchestrations for the Lincoln Center American Songbook series and for Carnegie Hall tributes to the songwriting teams of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, among other such assignments.

Tex was also a sought-after participant in music industry events, conferences, and competitions. For the last half dozen years and more he was a mentor and accompanist for the Great American Songbook Foundation’s annual Songbook Academy event for teens. He was an instructor for the annual Cabaret Symposium at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for many years. He continued in that capacity for its successor program, the Cabaret Conference at Yale University.
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Tex is survived by his wife, Linda, and beloved cat, Waldo.

Hubert “Tex” Arnold will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences are extended to his family and friends and the many in the music business and cabaret community who will mourn his passing.

Marilyn Lester

Marilyn Lester left journalism and commercial writing behind nearly two decades ago to write plays. That branch in the road led to screenwriting, script-doctoring, dramaturgy and producing for the stage. Marilyn has also co-authored, as well as edited, books. It seemed the only world of words she hadn’t conquered was criticism, an opportunity that presented itself via Theater Pizzazz. Marilyn has since sought to widen her scope in this form of writing she especially relishes. Marilyn is a member of the Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild, Women in the Arts and Media and The League of Professional Theater Women.