Bill Snyder (bandleader)

Bill Snyder also known as William P. Snyder (November 7, 1916 – Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, May 11, 2011) was an American pianist, bandleader and songwriter of the 1950s.[1]

Snyder studied under Moriz Rosenthal in Paris and served in the Air Force during the Second World War.[2] Snyder first had a massive hit with Lorenz Hart's "Bewitched" in 1950.[3] The song reached the top position on the Cash Box list of "The Nation's Top Ten Juke Box Tunes."[4] Through the 1950s Snyder was America's most recorded light music pianist with nine gold and one platinum awards for his singles and albums.[5][6][7][8]

Song compositions


  1. Snyder, William P. obituary Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "'Oscar', Special Piano but Never Pampered". The Post-Crescent. August 10, 1960. p. 11. Retrieved October 18, 2016 via
  3. David A. Jasen Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age 1135949018 - 2003 Page 177 "In 1941 Pal Joey contained “Bewitched,” made by Leo Reisman's orchestra, featuring Anita Boyer as vocalist (Victor 27344). In 1950, it was revived by Chicago pianist-bandleader Bill Snyder in a million-selling hit (Tower 1473). "
  4. "The Nation's Top Ten Juke Box Tunes" (PDF). Cash Box. July 8, 1950. p. 5. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  5. Billboard - April 3, 1954 - Page 34 THE STARLIT HOUR 72 Bill Snyder, Piano (1-10") Decca DL 5514 Fine collection of standards is played in smooth, dreamy-like tempo by stylish pianist Bill Snyder on this new instrumental waxing. The set should appeal to the many Snyder ...
  6. Billboard - April 14, 1956 - Page 59 THE LOVER'S TOUCH 74 Bill Snyder, Piano (1-12") Decca DL 8237 Following previous lush packaged efforts, pianist Snyder scores again. The playing is clean and full of authority and the orchestra, sizable as it is, stays in the background to ...
  7. Billboard - Aug 12, 1950 - Page 34 MY SILENT LOVE Bill Snyder Ork Tower 1482 Snyder may succeed in getting lightning to strike twice with this bewitching mood pop piano concerto treatment of the lovely. THE BILLBOARD REVIEWS: BILL SNYDER ORK Tower 1482 ...
  8. Billboard - Feb 9, 1957 - Page 26 BEWITCHING HOUR 70 Bill Snyder Ork (1-12") Decca DL 8405 Pianist Snyder is featured on 12 romantic instrumentals, including "Bewitched," "Soft Lights and Sweet Musk" and other equally poignant standards. LP is sequel to Snyder's "The ...
  9. "Snyder's Band at Buckeye Lake". Ohio, Zanesville. The Times Recorder. August 17, 1950. p. 7. Retrieved April 5, 2016 via

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