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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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Battleship
Battleship Soundtrack
(2012)
Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump Soundtrack
(1994)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Soundtrack
(2005)
Get Smart
Get Smart Soundtrack
(2008)

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 1988 Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC (TV Special) (musical director)
 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) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 1955)
- 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)
- Episode dated 24 May 1955 (1955) ... (orchestrator)
 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 - 1 episode)
- UCLA (1961) ... (musical director)
  The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 1960) (musical director - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #5.14 (1960) ... (orchestrator)
- NBC Fall Preview (1958) ... (musical director)
 1958 Roberta (TV Movie) (music supervisor)
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Other Works:

CD: "It's a Wonderful World" (Columbia) 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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Personal Quote:

[on Martin Melcher, the husband of Doris Day, who was at one time a singer in Brown's band] Marty Melcher was an awful man, pushy, grating on the nerves, crass, money-hungry. He lived off Patty Andrews, then when Doris came along and looked like a better ticket, he glommed onto her. See more »

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Band leader ("Les Brown And his Band of Renown"). See more »

Trademark:

Theme song: "Leap Frog"

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