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Christmas has come early for Doris Day with a new year honour...
by Stephen M (Last updated: 19 December 2007, 10:10am)

10 January 2001

Les Brown known for his big band music and association with the very young Miss Doris Day, died on January, 4th 2001 at his home in Los Angeles (USA).

Born Lester Raymond Brown on March 12, 1912, in Reinerton, PA (USA) he remained one of the few swing bandleaders actively still performing. He and his Band of Renown were most loved for classics like 1945s million seller "Sentimental Journey" with Doris, their 1946 hit "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and their long collaboration with Bob Hope. Les later became the musical director of Bob Hope's radio and television shows in 1947 accompanying him on 18 global tours entertaining the US troops. The Band of Renown also played for broadcasting stars like Dean Martin & Steve Allen. In the 1980s Les reunited with Doris for her cable television series 'My Best Friends'.

Les can be seen talking about his years with Doris on A&E's stunning biography 'It's Magic'.


In April of 1996, the Guiness Book of World Records awarded Les with the distinction of being the leader of the longest lasting musical organization in the history of popular music. Les' band is also very well remembered for the amount of traveling and radio shows they did with famed comedian Bob Hope.


Les Brown, Sr. (March 14, 1912 January 24, 2001) and the Band of Renown are a big band that began in the big band era of the late 1930s and now performs under the direction of his son Les Brown, Jr.

"Les Brown and the Band of Renown" brought Doris Day into prominence with their recording of "Sentimental Journey" in 1945. The release of "Sentimental Journey" coincided with the end of WWII in Europe and was the homecoming theme for many veterans. They had nine other number-one hit songs, including "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."

Les Brown and the Band of Renown performed with Bob Hope on radio, stage and TV for almost fifty years. They did 18 USO Tours for American troops around the world, and entertained over three million. 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 Les and the Band.

Les Brown and the Band were also the 'house band' for the Dean Martin Variety Show, which ran for ten seasons, and for the Steve Allen show.

Les Brown and the Band of Renown performed with virtually every major performer of their time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat "King" Cole.





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