He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1709 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Jazz pianist and composer, leader of a popular swing sextet in the 1940's. He had big hits with "Canadian Sunset" and "Soft Summer Breeze". From 1947, Heywood suffered from partial paralysis of his hands which hampered his later career, though he continued to perform and write music up until the early 1980's.
His group was billed as 'the Biggest Little Band in the Land", which put it into direct competition with John Kirby, whose sextet shared the same tag line.