'Que Sera Sera' Songwriter Jay Livingston Dies

With partner Ray Evans, Livingston wrote such classics as 'Mona Lisa,' 'Silver Bells.'

Academy Award-winning singer/composer Jay Livingston, who co-wrote such classics as "Que Sera Sera" and "Silver Bells," died in Los Angeles on Wednesday. He was 86.

Livingston died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of pneumonia, according to Reuters.

In 1937, Livingston met Ray Evans and formed a songwriting partnership

that would last for 64 years. The team wrote themes to such TV series as "Mister Ed" and "Bonanza" and more than 100 songs for films, winning Oscars for three: "Buttons and Bows," sung by Bob Hope and Jane Russell in 1948's "The Paleface"; the Nat King Cole

classic "Mona Lisa" from 1950's "Captain Carey, U.S.A."; and "Que Sera

Sera," sung by Doris Day in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller "The Man Who

Knew Too Much."

Their final project was Michael Feinstein Sings the Livingston and Evans

Song Book, a CD due early next year.

Born in McDonald, Pennsylvania, in 1915, Livingston took up piano as a child.

He met Evans at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the two

played in bands together before beginning their successful songwriting

collaboration. They were often called the last of the great songwriters.

"We had a wonderful relationship," Evans told Reuters. "He was a

very talented man and I felt very lucky to be his partner. We had a very

rewarding career. I feel like half a person now. A relationship like this is

very unique. We never wrote apart."