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Les Brown (I) (1912–2001)

Famed band leader, composer, author, arranger and conductor, educated at Ithaca College, the New York Military Academy, and Duke University (where he led the dance orchestra). He worked as a freelance arranger, and formed the Band of Renown in 1938, touring until 1947. He joined ASCAP in 1952, collaborating with Ben Homer and Bud Green. He made ... See full bio »

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 1983 Bob Hope's Road to Hollywood (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1979 The Christmas Songs (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1978 Bob Hope All Star Christmas Special (TV Special) (conductor)
  The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) (musical director - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1977) (conductor - 1 episode, 1963)
- Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Tribute to Vaudeville (1977) ... (musical director)
- Episode dated 13 March 1963 (1963) ... (conductor)
- Episode dated 15 May 1959 (1959) ... (musical director)
 1977 Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular from Lake Tahoe (TV Special) (musical director)
  The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (musical conductor - 4 episodes, 1971 - 1974) (musical arrangements - 2 episodes, 1966 - 1967) (musical director - 1 episode, 1969)
- Celebrity Roast: Don Rickles (1974) ... (musical conductor)
- Celebrity Roast: Carroll O'Connor (1973) ... (musical conductor)
- Celebrity Roast: Hugh Hefner (1973) ... (musical conductor)
- Episode #6.23 (1971) ... (musical conductor)
- Episode #4.25 (1969) ... (musical director)
 1969 Roberta (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1965 The Hollywood Deb Stars of 1965 (TV Movie) (music)
  The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (musical director/conductor - 20 episodes, 1964) (musical director - 3 episodes, 1964)
- Episode #1.24 (1964) ... (musical director/conductor)
- Episode #1.23 (1964) ... (musical director/conductor)
- Episode #1.22 (1964) ... (musical director/conductor)
- Episode #1.21 (1964) ... (musical director/conductor)
- Episode #1.20 (1964) ... (musical director/conductor)
 1961 The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series) (musical director)
 1958 Roberta (TV Movie) (music supervisor)
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CD: "100 Years of Swing" (ZFOLIO) See more »

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Alternate Names:

Les Brown and his Music | Les Brown and His Orchestra | Les Brown and His Band of Renown | Les Brown and his Band of Renown

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[on the resurgent popularity of big-band music] I hate to say it, but there's no relationship between what these guys are doing now and our music, or Benny Goodman's or Artie Shaw's. See more »


Inducted into the Big Band & Jazz Hall of Fame. See more »


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