Johnny Costa

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Birthday
17, 1922
Birthplace
Arnold, PA
Death Date
Oct 11, 1996 (74)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
17, 1922
Birthplace
Arnold, PA
Death Date
Oct 11, 1996 (74)

About

Called the White Tatum by jazz great Art Tatum. He was the musical director for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood until his 1996 death.

Before Fame

He was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in music and education.

Trivia

His death was often mistakenly reported to be from leukemia, but it was actually caused by anemia.

Family Life

He was married to Helen Costa from 1941 until his death in 1996. They had two kids named Debbie Elwood and John Costa, Jr.

Associated With

His partnership with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood creator and host Fred Rogers was lengthy. Rogers thought him to be among the world's most talented musicians.