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Les Brown (and His Band of Renown) Collection

Les Brown and his Band of Renown was one of the longest-running acts in Swing Music

Les Brown

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(total playtime 14 hours, 1 min)
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Les BrownLes BrownIn the early Twentieth Century, any town worthy of the title had a town orchestra to entertain on sunny summer weekend afternoons. In Reinerton, Pennsylvania, the town orchestra was led by town baker, Ray Brown. Having a decent amount of talent to have gone into music professionally, but family obligations kept him tied to the bakery.

When Ray's sons came along, including Lester Raymond Brown, born March 12, 1912, the three boys were expected to help out in the bakery. However, the lads quickly realized that music lessons were a great excuse to get out of slinging flour. Young Les show so much musical promise that his father allowed him to enroll in the Conway Military Band School in Ithaca, New York. After three years of serious study at Conway, Les was offered a scholarship to the New York Military Academy which was hoping to improve its band.

While playing saxophone at NYMA, Les developed a passion for the swing music he heard over the radio from New York City. He had aspired to enter the University of Pennsylvania but chose to attend Duke University in North Carolina on the strength of that school's Blue Devils swing band. He soon assumed leadership of the group and from 1933 to 1936 they toured as "Les Brown and his Blue Devils". After an extensive summer tour in 1936, some of the members returned to continue their studies but the remaining musicians would become the core of "Les Brown and his Band of Renown" in 1938 when they were signed with Victor Records.

Les Brown, Bob Hope, Doris Day

The Band of Renown was the house orchestra at New York's Edison Hotel, as well as doing plenty of touring. As the new decade began, they began working with a pretty vocalist named Doris Day. Les wrote a catchy tune called "Sentimental Journey" that became a staple of the band's sets, but they were unable to record it because of the 1942-44 musician's strike. When they finally laid down the track, it became not only Doris's first #1 hit but an anthem for the G.I.s on their way back to their loved ones. When Doris got her own show on CBS in the early 1950s, she hired Les and "The Band of Renown" for the program.

Les' other important showbiz partnership began at the bar at the Palladium Ballroom in Hollywood where he shared a drink with a gentleman who happened to be Bob Hope's agent. Hope was going to appear on "Command Performance", and Brown's outfit played "The Anvil Chorus". For the 1947 season, The Band of Renown took over musical duties on The Pepsodent Show, and Les joined Bob for 18 USO Tours.

Les Brown Sr. eventually slowed down but refused to retire. "Let's face it," he conceded during an interview with The Los Angeles Times in 1990. "We're going to fade out. There won't be much demand for big bands soon." On January 4, 2001, Les Brown succumbed to lung cancer. He was 88. Les Brown Jr., born in 1940, took over leadership of the Band of Renown after his father's passing, continuing to delight fans of Big Band Swing Music.

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6505 Hollywood Blvd was dedicated in honor of Les Brown's contributions to Recording.

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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 14 hours, 1 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 14 hours 1 minutes
      1. Afrs Collection 450524 0643 Spotlight Bands.mp3
      2. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown.mp3
      3. Amos N Andy Music Hall 550711 X Les Brown.mp3
      4. Bing Crosby 551224 [special]christmas Sing Around Wo.mp3
      5. Dance Music 030 Les Brown Floating {dept Of State}.mp3
      6. Dance Time Usa 082 Love Is Manysplendored Thing Les Brown.mp3
      7. Fitch Bandwagon 40702 Afrs 108 Doris Day Mexican Hat Dance.mp3
      8. Gi Jive 488 Afrs Les Brown Whats Good Word Bluebird Cleaned.mp3
      9. Jubilee 318 Les Brown.mp3
      10. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 03.mp3
      11. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 04.mp3
      12. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 05.mp3
      13. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 06.mp3
      14. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 07.mp3
      15. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 08.mp3
      16. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 09.mp3
      17. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 10.mp3
      18. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 11.mp3
      19. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 12.mp3
      20. Les Brown Show - Begin the Beguine.mp3
      21. Les Brown Show - How about You.mp3
      22. Les Brown Show - Lullaby in Rhythm.mp3
      23. Les Brown Show - Midnight Sun.mp3
      24. Les Brown Show - Ramona.mp3
      25. Les Brown Show - You're the Cream in my Coffee.mp3
      26. Les Brown Show Begin Beguine.mp3
      27. Les Brown Show How About You.mp3
      28. Les Brown Show Lullaby In Rhythm.mp3
      29. Les Brown Show Midnight Sun.mp3
      30. Les Brown Show Ramona.mp3
      31. Les Brown Show Youre Cream In My Coffee.mp3
      32. Magic Carpet Afrs 226 Les Brown Sur2114 Cleanedizocr.mp3
      33. One Night Stand 431013 0028 Les Brown.mp3
      34. One Night Stand 440710 0302 Les Brown.mp3
      35. One Night Stand 440717 0328 Its O. K. For Baby Les Brown.mp3
      36. One Night Stand 450726 0673 Les Brown Doris Day.mp3
      37. One Night Stand 450823 0701 Afrs Les Brown.mp3
      38. Panorama 610421 Afrts27 Part 1 Say It With Music Les Brown.mp3
      39. Personal Album 0701 Les Brown.mp3
      40. Spotlight Bands 440331 0479 Les Brown Fine Romance.mp3
      41. Spotlight Bands 440500 Afrs 371 Les Brown Cleaned.mp3
      42. Spotlight Bands 440525 Les Brown. 920 Special.mp3
      43. Spotlight Bands 440905 0614 Les Brown Out Of Nowhere.mp3
      44. Spotlight Bands 441007 0642 Les Brown Mexican Hat Dance.mp3
      45. Spotlight Bands 450407 Les Brown.mp3
      46. Spotlight Bands 450419 0808 Les Brown My Blue Heaven.mp3
      47. Spotlight Bands 450425 Afrs 658 Les Brown Noise Reduction.mp3
      48. VDisc 197a Les Brown Mexican Hat Dance.mp3
      49. Vdisc 430300 158 Lesbrown Hisorchestra Just For Day.mp3
      50. VDisc Les Brown Song Of India.mp3
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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 14 hours, 1 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 14 hours 1 minutes
      1. Afrs Collection 450524 0643 Spotlight Bands.mp3
      2. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown.mp3
      3. Amos N Andy Music Hall 550711 X Les Brown.mp3
      4. Bing Crosby 551224 [special]christmas Sing Around Wo.mp3
      5. Dance Music 030 Les Brown Floating {dept Of State}.mp3
      6. Dance Time Usa 082 Love Is Manysplendored Thing Les Brown.mp3
      7. Fitch Bandwagon 40702 Afrs 108 Doris Day Mexican Hat Dance.mp3
      8. Gi Jive 488 Afrs Les Brown Whats Good Word Bluebird Cleaned.mp3
      9. Jubilee 318 Les Brown.mp3
      10. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 03.mp3
      11. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 04.mp3
      12. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 05.mp3
      13. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 06.mp3
      14. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 07.mp3
      15. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 08.mp3
      16. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 09.mp3
      17. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 10.mp3
      18. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 11.mp3
      19. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 12.mp3
      20. Les Brown Show - Begin the Beguine.mp3
      21. Les Brown Show - How about You.mp3
      22. Les Brown Show - Lullaby in Rhythm.mp3
      23. Les Brown Show - Midnight Sun.mp3
      24. Les Brown Show - Ramona.mp3
      25. Les Brown Show - You're the Cream in my Coffee.mp3
      26. Les Brown Show Begin Beguine.mp3
      27. Les Brown Show How About You.mp3
      28. Les Brown Show Lullaby In Rhythm.mp3
      29. Les Brown Show Midnight Sun.mp3
      30. Les Brown Show Ramona.mp3
      31. Les Brown Show Youre Cream In My Coffee.mp3
      32. Magic Carpet Afrs 226 Les Brown Sur2114 Cleanedizocr.mp3
      33. One Night Stand 431013 0028 Les Brown.mp3
      34. One Night Stand 440710 0302 Les Brown.mp3
      35. One Night Stand 440717 0328 Its O. K. For Baby Les Brown.mp3
      36. One Night Stand 450726 0673 Les Brown Doris Day.mp3
      37. One Night Stand 450823 0701 Afrs Les Brown.mp3
      38. Panorama 610421 Afrts27 Part 1 Say It With Music Les Brown.mp3
      39. Personal Album 0701 Les Brown.mp3
      40. Spotlight Bands 440331 0479 Les Brown Fine Romance.mp3
      41. Spotlight Bands 440500 Afrs 371 Les Brown Cleaned.mp3
      42. Spotlight Bands 440525 Les Brown. 920 Special.mp3
      43. Spotlight Bands 440905 0614 Les Brown Out Of Nowhere.mp3
      44. Spotlight Bands 441007 0642 Les Brown Mexican Hat Dance.mp3
      45. Spotlight Bands 450407 Les Brown.mp3
      46. Spotlight Bands 450419 0808 Les Brown My Blue Heaven.mp3
      47. Spotlight Bands 450425 Afrs 658 Les Brown Noise Reduction.mp3
      48. VDisc 197a Les Brown Mexican Hat Dance.mp3
      49. Vdisc 430300 158 Lesbrown Hisorchestra Just For Day.mp3
      50. VDisc Les Brown Song Of India.mp3
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    50 recordings on 15 Audio CDs. Total playtime 14 hours, 1 min
    50 recordings on 15 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 1 min

    Les Brown Disc A001

    1. Dance Music 030 Les Brown Floating {dept Of State}
    2. Dance Time Usa 082 Love Is Manysplendored Thing Les Brown
    3. Fitch Bandwagon 40702 Afrs 108 Doris Day Mexican Hat Dance
    4. Gi Jive 488 Afrs Les Brown Whats Good Word Bluebird Cleaned

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    Les Brown Disc A002

    1. Jubilee 318 Les Brown
    2. Les Brown Show - Begin the Beguine
    3. Les Brown Show - How about You

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    Les Brown Disc A003

    1. Les Brown Show - Lullaby in Rhythm
    2. Les Brown Show - Midnight Sun
    3. Les Brown Show - Ramona
    4. Les Brown Show - You're the Cream in my Coffee

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    Les Brown Disc A004

    1. Les Brown Show Begin Beguine
    2. Les Brown Show How About You
    3. Les Brown Show Lullaby In Rhythm
    4. Les Brown Show Midnight Sun

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    Les Brown Disc A005

    1. Les Brown Show Ramona
    2. Les Brown Show Youre Cream In My Coffee
    3. Magic Carpet Afrs 226 Les Brown Sur2114 Cleanedizocr
    4. Personal Album 0701 Les Brown
    5. VDisc 197a Les Brown Mexican Hat Dance
    6. VDisc Les Brown Song Of India

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    Les Brown Disc A006

    1. Vdisc 430300 158 Lesbrown Hisorchestra Just For Day
    2. One Night Stand 431013 0028 Les Brown
    3. Spotlight Bands 440331 0479 Les Brown Fine Romance
    4. Spotlight Bands 440500 Afrs 371 Les Brown Cleaned
    5. Spotlight Bands 440525 Les Brown. 920 Special

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    Les Brown Disc A007

    1. One Night Stand 440710 0302 Les Brown
    2. One Night Stand 440717 0328 Its O. K. For Baby Les Brown

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    Les Brown Disc A008

    1. Spotlight Bands 440905 0614 Les Brown Out Of Nowhere
    2. Spotlight Bands 441007 0642 Les Brown Mexican Hat Dance
    3. Spotlight Bands 450407 Les Brown
    4. Spotlight Bands 450419 0808 Les Brown My Blue Heaven

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    Les Brown Disc A009

    1. Spotlight Bands 450425 Afrs 658 Les Brown Noise Reduction
    2. Afrs Collection 450524 0643 Spotlight Bands
    3. One Night Stand 450726 0673 Les Brown Doris Day

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    Les Brown Disc A010

    1. One Night Stand 450823 0701 Afrs Les Brown
    2. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 03
    3. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 04

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    Les Brown Disc A011

    1. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 05
    2. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 06
    3. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 07
    4. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 08

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    Les Brown Disc A012

    1. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 09
    2. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 10
    3. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 11
    4. Les Brown Navy Shows 530000 12

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    Les Brown Disc A013

    1. All Star Parade Bands 531012 Les Brown
    2. Amos N Andy Music Hall 550711 X Les Brown

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    Les Brown Disc A014

    1. Bing Crosby 551224 [special]christmas Sing Around Wo

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    Les Brown Disc A015

    1. Panorama 610421 Afrts27 Part 1 Say It With Music Les Brown

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