Brown, Lester Raymond (Les)

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US dance band leader and arranger

Brown was trained as a musician at Ithaca College, the New York Military Academy and Duke University, where he started his first band. He worked mainly from the 1930s to the 1970s, including a long association as resident band leader for the American comedian Bob Hope. His Band of Renown recorded many classics, such as "Sentimental Journey," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and "This Could Be the Start of Something Big."

He was adopted.


New Grove Dictionary of American Music, edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie. (New York: Macmillan, 1986)


20th Century
21st Century
Music and Dance
Formal, American/European-Type Adoption
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