Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or "the King". Presley was born in Tupelo and relocated to Memphis, with his family when he was 13 years old, his music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a pioneer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. In 1955, drummer D. J. Fontana joined to complete the lineup of Presley's classic quartet and RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who would manage him for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. With a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records, he became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll.
His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, Presley made his film debut in Love Me Tender. Drafted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years with some of his most commercially successful work, he held few concerts however, guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed television comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973, Presley gave the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast around the world, Aloha from Hawaii. Years of prescription drug abuse compromised his health, he died in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.
Presley is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country and gospel, he won three competitive Grammys, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love Presley in the two-room shotgun house built by his father, Vernon Elvis Presley, in preparation for the birth. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered 35 minutes before stillborn. Presley became close to both parents and formed an close bond with his mother; the family attended an Assembly of God church. On his mother's side Presley's ancestry was Scots-Irish, with some French Norman. Gladys and the rest of the family believed that her great-great-grandmother, Morning Dove White, was Cherokee. Vernon's forebears were of Scottish origin. Gladys was regarded by friends as the dominant member of the small family.
Vernon moved from one odd job to the evincing little ambition. The family relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of altering a check written by his landowner and sometime employer, he was jailed for eight months, while Elvis moved in with relatives. In September 1941, Presley entered first grade at East Tupelo Consolidated, where his teachers regarded him as "average", he was encouraged to enter a singing contest after impressing his schoolteacher with a rendition of Red Foley's country song "Old Shep" during morning prayers. The contest, held at the Mississippi–Alabama Fair and Dairy Show on October 3, 1945, was his first public performance; the ten-year-old Presley was dressed as a cowboy. He recalled placing fifth. A few months Presley received his first guitar for his birthday. Over the following year, he received basic guitar lessons from two of his uncles and the new pastor at the family's church. Presley recalled, "I took the guitar, I watched people, I learned to play a little bit.
But I would never sing in public. I was shy about it."In September 1946, Presley entered a new school, for sixth grade. The following year, he began bringing his guitar to school on a daily basis, he played and sang during lunchtime, was teased as a "trashy" kid who played hillbilly music. By the family was living in a Black neighborhood. Presley was a devotee of Mississippi Slim's show on the Tupelo radio station WELO, he was described as "crazy about music" by Slim's younger brother, one of Presley's classmates and took him into the station. Slim supplemented Presley's guitar tuition by demonstrating chord techniques; when his protégé was twelve years old, Slim scheduled him for two on-air performances. Presley was succeeded in performing the following week. In November 1948, the family moved to Tennessee. After residing for nearly a year in rooming houses, they were granted a two-bedroom apartment in the public housing complex known as the Lauderdale Courts. Enrolled at L. C. Humes Hig
Paul Weston was an American pianist, arranger and conductor who worked in music and television from the 1930s to the 1970s, pioneering mood music and becoming known as "the Father of Mood Music". His compositions include popular music songs such as "I Should Care", "Day by Day", "Shrimp Boats", he wrote classical pieces, including "Crescent City Suite" and religious music, authoring several hymns and masses. Born Paul Wetstein in Springfield, Weston had a keen interest in music from an early age and learned to play the piano, he was educated at Springfield High School attended Dartmouth College and Columbia University. At Dartmouth he toured with the college band, he joined Columbia's dance band, The Blue Lions, but was temporarily unable to perform following a rail accident, he did some arrangements while he recovered. Weston sold his first musical arrangements to Joe Haymes in 1934. After Haymes requested more material, Weston's music was heard by Rudy Vallee, who offered him work on his radio show.
Weston met Tommy Dorsey in 1936 became a member of Dorsey's orchestra. Weston persuaded Dorsey to hire The Pied Pipers after hearing them in 1938, the group toured with the bandleader. After leaving Dorsey in 1940, Weston worked with Dinah Shore and moved to Hollywood after being offered work in films. In California he met Johnny Mercer, who invited him to write for Capitol Records. Weston became music director at Capitol, where he worked with Jo Stafford and developed the mood music genre. Stafford moved with him to Columbia Records in 1950, the couple were married in 1952. Weston worked extensively in television from the 1950s to the 1970s, he helped start the Grammy Awards, which were first presented in 1959. He was honored with a Grammy Trustees Award in 1971 and spent three years as music director of Disney on Parade. Weston and Stafford developed a comedy routine in which they assumed the guise of a bad lounge act named Jonathan and Darlene Edwards, their first album was released in 1957. In 1960, their album Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Weston's work in music is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Weston was born Paul Wetstein in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Paul Wetstein, a teacher, Anna "Annie" Grady; the family moved to Pittsfield when Weston was two, he spent his formative years in the town. His parents were both interested in music, when Paul Sr taught at a private girls' school, he was allowed to bring the school's gramophone home over the Christmas holidays. Weston remembered hearing "Whispering Hope" on it as a child. At age eight, he started piano lessons, he was an economics major at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1933. During his college days, Weston had his own band called "the Green Serenaders". Weston learned how to play the clarinet so he could travel with the college band, he went to graduate school at Columbia University and was active in the Blue Lions, Columbia's dance band. In January 1934, Weston was injured in a train accident. While trying to catch a train, Weston grabbed.
He was dragged two and one half miles before losing his grip. Unable to be active in a band, he started doing music arranging as a way to keep some involvement with music while convalescing; when he returned to New York in the fall of 1934, he made his first sale of his work to Joe Haymes. Haymes liked Weston's work enough to ask him to do more arrangements for his band, his medley of Anything Goes songs was heard by Rudy Vallee, who contacted him and offered Weston a job as an arranger for his Fleischmann's Hour on radio. Weston was doing arranging for Phil Harris, he met Tommy Dorsey through his work with Joe Haymes. Following the Dorsey Brothers split in 1935, Tommy had yet to form an orchestra. Weston joined Dorsey as chief arranger in 1936, holding the position until 1940, he worked freelance for the Bob Crosby Orchestra. Weston worked with Fibber McGee and Molly and Paul Whiteman; when Bob Crosby's band was hired for his brother Bing's film, Holiday Inn, this took him to Hollywood and into film work.
He changed his name from Wetstein to Weston after his arrival in California. Weston was asked to do more work for Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, for Betty Hutton. Subsequent films as musical director include Belle of the Road To Utopia. Weston met Johnny Mercer while working for Paramount in 1942. Paul wrote and directed Mercer's "Strip Polka" - the first arrangement written for the new label on April 6, 1942. On August first of that year, the 1942–44 musicians' strike began. No union musicians could record for any record company, but were able to play for live engagements and radio shows. Many record companies had "stockpiled" recordings of their stars prior to the strike, planning to release them over a period of time. While the older, more established record labels were able to do this, the newly formed Capitol had no opportunity to do likewise; the strike brought the new company to a standstill until Johnny Mercer began his radio show, Johnny Mercer's Music Shop, in June 1943. The radio show was meant to be a venue for Capitol's talent during the Musicians' Strike.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 to March 12, 1973 on the NBC television network, hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. It aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967 and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U. N. C. L. E. On Mondays at 8 pm; the title of the show was a play on the "love-ins" or "be-ins" of the 1960s hippie culture, terms that were derived from "sit-ins" that were common in protests associated with civil rights and antiwar demonstrations of the time. In 2002, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was ranked number 42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Laugh-In had its roots in the humor of vaudeville and burlesque, but its most direct influences were Olsen and Johnson's comedies, the innovative television works of Ernie Kovacs, the topical satire of That Was The Week That Was; the show was characterized by a rapid-fire series of gags and sketches, many of which conveyed sexual innuendo or were politically charged.
The co-hosts continued the exasperated straight man and "dumb guy" act which they had established as nightclub comics. It featured Gary Owens, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Jo Anne Worley, Henry Gibson, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin, Teresa Graves, Larry Hovis, Chelsea Brown, Sarah Kennedy, Jeremy Lloyd, Dave Madden, Pigmeat Markham, Jud Strunk, Richard Dawson, Moosie Drier, Barbara Sharma, Johnny Brown. In 2017, George Schlatter Productions brought Laugh-In back for its 50th anniversary; the original show airs on Decades TV. The entire series has been released in a box set by Time Life; each episode followed a somewhat similar format including recurring sketches. The show started with a short dialogue between Martin. Shortly afterward, Rowan would intone: "C'mon Dick, let's go to the party"; this live to tape segment comprised all cast members and occasional surprise celebrities dancing before a 1960s "mod" party backdrop, delivering one- and two-line jokes interspersed with a few bars of dance music.
This was similar in format to the "Word Dance" segments of A Thurber Carnival. The show proceeded through rapid-fire comedy bits, taped segments, recurring sketches. At the end of every show, Rowan turned to his co-host and said, "Say good night, Dick", to which Martin replied, "Good night, Dick!". The show featured cast members' opening panels in a psychedelically painted "joke wall" and telling jokes; as the show drew to a close and the applause died, executive producer George Schlatter's solitary clapping continued as the screen turned blank and the production logo, network chimes, NBC logo appeared. Although most episodes include most of the above segments, the arrangement of the segments was interchanged; the show featured guest stars. Sometimes, the guest had a prominent spot in the program, at other times the guest would pop in for short "quickies" interspersed throughout the show – as was done most famously by Richard Nixon, when running for president. Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Henry Gibson, Larry Hovis, Arte Johnson, Barbara Feldon and Jo Anne Worley appeared in the pilot special from 1967..
Only the two hosts, announcer Gary Owens, Buzzi, Carne and Johnson, were in all 14 episodes of season one. Eileen Brennan and Roddy Maude-Roxby left after the first season; the second season had a handful of new people, including Alan Sues, Dave Madden, Chelsea Brown. All of the new cast members from season two left at the end of that season except Sues, who stayed on until 1972. At the end of the 1968–69 season, Carne chose not to renew her contract, although she did make appearances during 1969–1970; the third season had several new people who only stayed on for that season: Teresa Graves, Jeremy Lloyd, Pamela Rodgers, Byron Gilliam. Lily Tomlin joined in the middle of the season. Jo Anne Worley, Goldie Hawn, Judy Carne left after the season; the 1970–71 season brought new additions to the cast include tall, sad-eyed Dennis Allen, who alternately played zany characters and straight man for anybody's jokes. Arte Johnson, who created many memorable characters, insisted on star billing, apart from the rest of the cast.
The producer mollified him, but had announcer Gary Owens read Johnson's credit as a separate sentence: "Starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin! And Arte Johnson! With Ruth Buzzi..." This maneuver gave Johnson star billing, but made it sound like he was still part of the ensemble cast. Johnson left the show after the 1970–71 season. Henry Gibson departed after the 1970–71 season. Johnson and he were replaced by former Hogan's Heroes stars Richard Dawson and Larry Hovis, both of whom had appeared in the first season. However, the loss of Johnson's many popular characters caused ratings to drop further. After winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Cactus Flower, Goldie Hawn made a guest appearance in the third episode of the fourth season, she began the episode as an arrogant snob of an actress. The show celebrated its 100th episode during the 1971–72 season, with Carne, Johnson, Gibson and Tiny Tim all returning for the festivities. John Wayne was on hand for his first cameo appearance since 1968.
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Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke was an American saxophonist and bandleader. His career is a history of associations with bandleader Glenn Miller and former musicians and singers who worked with Miller, his band is associated with the careers of Eydie Gormé, Henry Mancini and Ronnie Deauville. Beneke solos on the recording the Glenn Miller Orchestra made of their popular song "In The Mood" and sings on another popular Glenn Miller recording, "Chattanooga Choo Choo". Jazz critic Will Friedwald considers Beneke to be one of the major blues singers who sang with the big bands of the early 1940s. Beneke was born in Texas, he started playing saxophone when he was nine, going from soprano to alto to tenor saxophones and staying with the latter. His first professional work was with bandleader Ben Young in 1935, but it was when he joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra three years that his career hit its stride. Beneke said: "It seems that Gene Krupa was forming his own first band, he was flying all over the country looking for new talent and he stopped at our ballroom one night.
Gene wound up taking three of our boys with him back to New York. Wanted to take but his sax section was filled." Krupa recommended Beneke to Miller. Whatever concerns Miller might have had about Beneke's playing were dismissed. On the August 1, 1939, recording made of the Joe Garland composition "In The Mood", Beneke trades two-measure tenor solo exchanges with his fellow section-mate Al Klink. Miller's 1941 recording of "A String of Pearls" has Beneke and Klink trading two-measure tenor solo phrases. Beneke appears with Miller and his band in the films Sun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives, both of which helped propel the singer/saxophonist to the top of the Metronome polls. Tex Beneke is listed in the personnel of the 1941 Metronome All-Star Band led by Benny Goodman. In 1942, Glenn Miller's orchestra won the first Gold Record awarded for "Chattanooga Choo Choo". " Tex Beneke was the featured singer in the movie and on the Victor/Bluebird recording that featured band vocalist Paula Kelly and the Modernaires, a vocal group of four male singers, who were regular members of the Miller entourage.
"Chattanooga Choo Choo", catalogue number Bluebird 11230-B, was recorded by the Miller band at the Victor recording studios in Hollywood, May 7, 1941. Hoping to repeat the success of "Chattanooga" the following year, songwriters Warren and Gordon composed "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" for the "Orchestra Wives" score; that arrangement featured Beneke, the Modernaires and band vocalist Marion Hutton in a not-too-dissimilar fashion. Not "Kalamazoo" became another hit record for Miller and the band though not to the extent that "Chattanooga" had been the year before. By the U. S. was involved in World War II and "Kalamazoo's" success was short-lived because Miller disbanded his group only three months after the record was made and four months following the filming of "Orchestra Wives". When Miller broke up the band in August 1942 to join the Army Air Force, Beneke played briefly with Horace Heidt before joining the Navy himself, leading a Navy band in Oklahoma. While employed with Miller, Beneke was offered his own band, as Miller had done with colleagues and employees like Hal McIntyre, Claude Thornhill and Charlie Spivak.
Beneke wanted to come back to Miller after the war and learn more about leading a band before being given his own band. Beneke led two bands in the navy and kept in touch with Glenn Miller while they were both serving in the military. By 1945, Beneke felt ready to lead his own orchestra. Glenn Miller went missing on December 1944, while flying to France from England. After World War Two, the United States Army Air Force decommissioned the Glenn Miller-led Army Air Force band; the Miller estate authorized an official Glenn Miller "ghost band" in 1946. This band was led by Tex Beneke, it had a make up similar to Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band. The orchestra's official public début was at the Capitol Theatre on Broadway where it opened for a three-week engagement on January 24, 1946. Henry Mancini was one of the arrangers. Another arranger was Norman Leyden, who previously arranged for the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band; this ghost band played to large audiences all across the United States, including a few dates at the Hollywood Palladium in 1947, where the original Miller band played in 1941.
The movie short Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Band was released by RKO pictures in 1947 with Lillian Lane, Artie Malvin and The Crew Chiefs vocal group performing. In a sarcastic article in Time magazine from June 2, 1947, the magazine notes that the Beneke-led Miller orchestra was playing at the same venue the original Miller band played in 1939, the Glen Island Casino. Beneke's quote about the big band business at the time closes the article, "I don't know whether Glenn figured that times would be as tough". By 1949, economics dictated; this band recorded for RCA Victor, just as
Saint Louis Blues (song)
"Saint Louis Blues" is a popular American song composed by W. C. Handy in the blues style and published in September 1914, it was one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song and remains a fundamental part of jazz musicians' repertoire. Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, the Boston Pops Orchestra are among the artists who have recorded it; the song has been called "the jazzman's Hamlet."The 1925 version sung by Bessie Smith, with Louis Armstrong on cornet, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993. The 1929 version by Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra was inducted in 2008. Handy said he had been inspired by a chance meeting with a woman on the streets of St. Louis distraught over her husband's absence, who lamented, "Ma man's got a heart like a rock cast in de sea", a key line of the song. Handy's autobiography recounts his hearing the tune in St. Louis in 1892: "It had numerous one-line verses and they would sing it all night."The song was a massive and enduring success.
At the time of his death in 1958, Handy was earning royalties of upwards of US$25,000 annually for the song. The original published sheet music is available online from the United States Library of Congress in a searchable database of African-American music from Brown University; the form is unusual in that the verses are the now-familiar standard twelve-bar blues in common time with three lines of lyrics, the first two lines repeated, but it has a 16-bar bridge written in the habanera rhythm, popularly called the "Spanish tinge" and characterized by Handy as tango. The tango-like rhythm is notated as a dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note and two quarter notes, with no slurs or ties, it is played in the sixteen-measure bridge. While blues became simple and repetitive in form, "Saint Louis Blues" has multiple complementary and contrasting strains, similar to classic ragtime compositions. Handy said his objective in writing the song was "to combine ragtime syncopation with a real melody in the spiritual tradition."With traditional New Orleans and New Orleans–style bands, the tune is one of a handful that includes a set traditional solo.
The clarinet solo, with a distinctive series of rising partials, was first recorded by Larry Shields with the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1921. It is not found on published orchestrations of the tune. Shields is credited with creating this solo, but claims have been made for other early New Orleans clarinetists, including Emile Barnes. Writing about the first time "Saint Louis Blues" was played, Handy noted that The one-step and other dances had been done to the tempo of Memphis Blues... When St Louis Blues was written the tango was in vogue. I tricked the dancers by breaking abruptly into a low-down blues. My eyes swept the floor anxiously suddenly I saw lightning strike; the dancers seemed electrified. Something within them came to life. An instinct that wanted so much to live, to fling its arms to spread joy, took them by the heels. Singer and actress Ethel Waters was the first woman to sing "Saint Louis Blues" in public. Historians Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff state that the first male singer to perform "St. Louis Blues" was Charles Anderson, a popular female impersonator of the day who included the song in his act as early as October 1914, the year Handy issued the song.
This backs the claim by Waters, who said she learned it from Anderson and featured it herself during a 1917 engagement in Baltimore. Researcher Guy Marco, in his Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound in the United States, stated that the first audio recording of "Saint Louis Blues" was by Al Bernard in July 1918 for Vocalion Records. However, the house band at Columbia Records, directed by Charles A. Prince, released an instrumental version in December 1915. Bernard's version may have been the first U. S. issue to include the lyrics, but Ciro's Club Coon Orchestra, a group of black American artists appearing in Britain, had recorded a version including the lyrics in September 1917. The film St. Louis Blues, from 1929, featured Bessie Smith singing the song. W. C. Handy Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong Al Bernard as "John Bennett" Katherine Henderson with Clarence Williams and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong – Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy Cab Calloway Bing Crosby with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Paul Robeson, recorded in London on February 20, 1934 and released by the His Master's Voice The Boswell Sisters – The Boswell Sisters Collection 1925–36 Django Reinhardt Die Goldene Sieben Earl Hines Billie Holiday with Benny Carter – The Great American Songbook Billy Eckstine – Everything I Have Is Yours Art Tatum, Piano Starts Here Fats Waller Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie – Have Trumpet, Will Excite!
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Les Brown (bandleader)
Lester Raymond Brown was an American jazz musician who led the big band Les Brown and His Band of Renown for nearly seven decades from 1938 to 2000. Brown was born in Pennsylvania, he enrolled in the Conway Military Band School in 1926, studying with famous bandleader Patrick Conway for three years before receiving a music scholarship to the New York Military Academy, where he graduated in 1932. Brown attended college at Duke University from 1932–1936. There he led the group Les Brown and His Blue Devils, who performed on Duke's campus and up and down the east coast. Brown took the band on an extensive summer tour in 1936. At the end of the tour, while some of the band members returned to Duke to continue their education, others stayed on with Brown and continued to tour, becoming in 1938 the Band of Renown; the band's original drummer, Don Kramer, helped define their future. In 1942, Brown and his band concluded work on an RKO picture, "Sweet and Hot". A few years in 1945, this band brought Doris Day into prominence with their recording of "Sentimental Journey".
The song's release coincided with the end of World War II in Europe and became an unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans. The band had nine other number-one hit songs, including "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm". In 1952-53, Brown was the orchestra leader on Day's radio program, The Doris Day Show, on CBS. Les Brown and the Band of Renown performed with Bob Hope on radio and television for fifty years, they did 18 USO Tours for American troops around the world, entertained over three million people. Before the Super Bowls were televised, the Bob Hope Christmas Specials were the highest-rated programs in television history. Tony Bennett was "discovered" by Bob Hope and did his first public performance with Brown and the Band; the first film that Brown and the band appeared in was Seven Days' Leave starring Victor Mature and Lucille Ball. Rock-A-Billy Baby, a low-budget 1957 film, was the Band of Renown's second, in 1963 they appeared in the Jerry Lewis' comedy The Nutty Professor playing their theme song "Leapfrog".
Brown and the Band were the house band for The Steve Allen Show and the Dean Martin Show. Brown and the band performed with every major performer of their time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole; the annual Les Brown Big Band Festival, started March 2006 in Les' hometown, features area big bands preserving the songs of the big band era. At the 2012 festival celebrating the 100th birthday anniversary, the town of Reinerton renamed the street near Les' birthplace to Les Brown Lane. In 2013 his hometown of Reinerton, PA adopted as the town's official slogan: Reinerton: The Town of Renown in honor of Les and his band. Les Brown Sr. died of lung cancer in 2001, was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by son Les Jr. and daughter Denise. He was 88 years old at the time of his death, his grandson, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, co-created the show Ferb. Brown was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2001, Les Brown, Jr. born 1940, became the full-time leader of the Band of Renown.
They continue to have a regular big band show in Branson, Missouri. Brown Jr. hosts a national radio show on the Music of Your Life network. Brown Jr. was a television actor in the 1960s, a rock musician and producer who worked with Carlos Santana, a concert promoter for many country music artists including Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. In 2004, Brown Jr. received the "Ambassador of Patriotism" award from the POW Network. Connee Boswell I Don't Know Connee Boswell Martha Over the Rainbow Palladium Concert 1953 Live at the Hollywood Palladium Dancer's Choice Les Brown & His Orchestra, Vol. 2 Radio Days Live Les Brown & His Band of Renown Swing Song Book Concert Modern Live at Elitch Gardens 1959 The Les Brown Story: His Greatest Hits in Today's Sound Play Hits From The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Others Stereophonic Suite for Two Bands: The Les Brown Band and Vic Schoen and His Orchestra A Sign of the Times Today Goes Direct to Disc Digital Swing Anything Goes America Swings Bandland / Revolution in Sound Sentimental Thing with Bing Crosby & Billy Eckstine The Les Brown All-Stars No Name Bop A Good Man Is Hard to Find Thank You for Your Fine Attention Spreadin' the Jam dir: Charles Walters Les Brown dir: Jack Scholl Les Brown and His Band of Renown dir: Will Cowan Art Lund-Tex Beneke-Les Brown dir: Jack Scholl Connee Boswell and Les Brown's Orchestra dir: Will Cowan Crazy Frolic dir: Will Cowan Dance Demons dir: Will Cowan Rockabilly Baby dir: William F.
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