Hal Schaefer

Harold Herman “Hal” Schaefer was born in the borough of Queens in New York City on July 22, 1925. For years he was best known to the public as the former vocal coach of Marilyn Monroe, a title which belied his talent as a musician in his own right. At the age of 30, Hal had already immersed himself in many musical circles.

He had his first piano lesson at 6, going on to become a classically trained young prodigy at just thirteen. Some of his earliest performances were at hotels in the Catskills, a major vacation destination for New Yorkers at the time. He attended the Manhattan High School of Music and Art and pronounced Chopin, Debussy, and Mozart among his early musical influences. “But one day I turned on the radio and heard a completely new dimension in piano playing: the music of Art Tatum. I wanted to play the kind of music he did. This came as a shock to my parents,” said...

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