1912 – Born on March 14th in Reinerton, Pennsylvania. American bandleader who led a top swing-era dance band that went on to long-term Hollywood and television success and spent 40 years accompanying comedian Bob Hope’s stage and broadcast shows.
1921 – Les began playing sax at an early age and made his professional debut in a band at age nine.
1926 – At age 14 he formed his own orchestra, The Royal Serertadore.
– He enrolled at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, where he studied classical clarinet.
– He then attended Duke University and joined the Blue Devils orchestra, which he took over as leader in his junior year.
1938 – He fronted a local band at Budd Lake, New Jersey, which recorded for Decca.
1941-1943 – The band finally came of age with its first big hit, ”Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio,” which, unfortunately, they couldn’t record until two years later due to the musician’s recording ban.
– By that time the group had become known as ”Les Brown and His Band of Renown,” a name given to them by a radio announcer.
1959 – Appeared in The Steve Allen Show as the Bandleader.
1963 – Starred in the movie, The Nutty Professor as himself.
1996 – Les Brown was awarded an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the leader of the longest lasting musical organization in the history of popular music.
1999 – Inducted on the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
2001 – Died of lung cancer on January 4th in Los Angeles, California.