Brown, Les, 1912-2001

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1912-03-14
Death 2001-01-04
US
English

Biographical notes:

Les (Lester Raymond) Brown (b. March 14, 1912, Reinerton, PA - d. January 4, 2001, Los Angeles, CA) was a 1936 graduate of Duke University. There he led his first dance band, the Duke Blue Devils, for which he also played clarinet and saxophone. The band would go on to professional fame in the 1940s under the name Les Brown and His Band of Renown. During that decade Brown had several hit songs, most notably Sentimental Journey (1944) and I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (1946). He performed extensively with Bob Hope and led the house bands for The Steve Allen Show (1959-1961) and The Dean Martin Show (1963-1972). In 1993-1994 Brown received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University.

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Subjects:

  • Dance orchestra music
  • Popular music--1931-1940
  • Jazz
  • Jazz--1941-1950
  • Jazz--1951-1960
  • Popular music--1951-1960
  • Swing (music)
  • Dixieland music
  • Big band music--Scores and parts
  • Arrangers (Musicians)
  • Jazz--1931-1940
  • Jazz musicians
  • Popular music--1941-1950
  • Big band music
  • Music--Scores
  • Composers
  • Big bands

Occupations:

  • Conductor

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)