Brown, Lester Raymond
Born: Mar 14, 1912 AD
Died: 2001 AD, at 88 years of age.
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.
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