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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 Soundtrack
Forrest Gump Soundtrack
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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)
 1978 The Bob Hope Comedy Special from Palm Springs (TV Special) (musical director)
  The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) (musical director - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1977) (conductor - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1963) (orchestrator - 1 episode, 1955)
- Jane Russell, Bing Crosby, Don Hartman (1955) ... (orchestrator)
 1977 Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular from Lake Tahoe (TV Special) (musical director)
 1975 Dean's Place (TV Special) (musical conductor)
  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 Special) (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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Alternate Names:

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

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Les Brown was president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and helped make the Grammy awards a televised event. He persuaded Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to participate in that first telecast. See more »


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