Brown, Les, 1912-2001

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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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creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Robin Hood [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Dig it [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Dale, C. Shelby. Johnny Long Orchestra Scrapbook, 1931-1990 Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Sleigh ride in July [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Easy as pie [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Day by day [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Easy as pie [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. I guess I'll have to dream the rest [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. I guess I'll have to dream the rest [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Sleigh ride in July [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Barbara Allen [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. I guess I'll get the papers (and go home) [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. I've got the sun in the morning [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. A good man is hard to find [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Tis' autumn [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Lament to love [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. I guess I'll get the papers (and go home) [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Yo won't be satisfied until you break my heart [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Knight, Douglas M., 1921-2005. Douglas M. Knight records, 1949-1970. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Twilight time [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Les Brown Scores Collection, circa 1944-1953 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. While the music plays on [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. My dreams are getting better all the time [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. I've got the sun in the morning [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Lest's be buddies [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Celery stalks at midnight [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Robin Hood [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Sentimental journey [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown,dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Les Brown scores collection, circa 1944-1953 and undated. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
contributorOf ROWAN AND MARTIN AT THE MOVIES United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Lament to love [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Les Brown manuscript music, 1930s-1990s. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. I got it bad and that ain't good [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Lest's be buddies [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Sentimental journey [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown,dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. While the music plays on [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Yo won't be satisfied until you break my heart [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Tis' autumn [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. My dreams are getting better all the time [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Dig it [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Ambassador Auditorium Collection, 1974-1995 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Celery stalks at midnight [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Barbara Allen [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Brown, Les, 1912-2001. Day by day [Multimédia multisupport] / Les Brown, dir. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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associatedWith Alpert, Herb person
associatedWith Blocker, Dan, 1928-1972 person
associatedWith Burnett, Carol person
associatedWith Dale, C. Shelby. person
associatedWith Day, Doris, 1924- person
associatedWith Diller, Phyllis person
associatedWith Douglas, Kirk, 1916-.... person
associatedWith Duke University corporateBody
associatedWith Greene, Lorne person
associatedWith Griffith, Andy, 1926-2012 person
associatedWith Heston, Charlton person
associatedWith Hope, Bob, 1903-2003 person
associatedWith Knight, Douglas M., 1921-2005. person
associatedWith Knotts, Don, 1924-2006 person
associatedWith Landon, Michael, 1936-1991 person
associatedWith Les Brown Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Martin, Dean, 1917-1995. person
associatedWith Martin, Dick, 1922-2008 person
associatedWith McNair, Barbara person
associatedWith Peppard, George person
associatedWith United States. Department of Treasury corporateBody
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United States
United States
North Carolina
Subject
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
Occupation
Conductor
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Birth 1912-03-14

Death 2001-01-04

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