Saturday 21 March Sunday 22 March Monday 23 March Tuesday 24 March Wednesday 25 March Thursday 26 March Friday 27 March Saturday 28 March Sunday 29 March Monday 30 March Tuesday 31 March Wednesday 1 April Thursday 2 April Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April Monday 13 April Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April Thursday 16 April Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April Sunday 19 April Monday 20 April Tuesday 21 April Wednesday 22 April Thursday 23 April Friday 24 April Saturday 25 April Sunday 26 April Monday 27 April Tuesday 28 April Wednesday 29 April Thursday 30 April Friday 1 May Saturday 2 May Sunday 3 May Monday 4 May Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June I called her home and spoke to her grandmother.
We're going in to hear Count Basie. She was no baby, although she looked like one. She still does. Until then, I was sort of her big brother and confidant. A month later we got married at Lake Mohawk, New Jersey. Her two sisters still come out and visit us and stay with us. The first college band that ever recorded for a major label. I had graduated. I was the only one who had. No, the drummer too. The drummer was Don Kramer, who became and remained for many years the band's manager.
We'd stay two or three weeks at a time. Not bad in those days. They thought it was great. And they were having fun. We ended up at Playland in Rye, New York, in the summer of Get back into school. And as I said, it was a co-operative band, and co-operatives don't work. That was the end of it, Simplicity - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - Les Brown Extra!
(Vinyl). I had a four-arrangements-a-week gig with Rube Newman, who was playing the Rainbow Room. Four for seventy-five bucks. I was pretty fast too. They had a Tuesday rehearsal. I wouldn't start till, say, midnight of Sunday, and keep arranging until I fell asleep around eight in the morning. I'd write on Monday, and I had a copyist right next to me, and we'd just make the rehearsal on Tuesday. The rest of the week, I'd go to the movies, or Way To Power - Black Widow (5) - Come To The Sabbat - The Singles Collection (Box Set) a stock.
Or whatever. I even inherited the Ford the band had, because nobody else wanted it. And even though we didn't sell many records, we got pretty good write-ups, and it was a pretty The Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee - Rachel Harrington - In The Woods: Live In The Netherlands (CD, band.
And one thing led to another. We had a contract for four months. The first gig out of the Edison — here I am with a twelve-piece band — and inasmuch as I had gone to Carmen McRae - I Want You (Cassette) in Ithaca, I knew the guy who booked the bands at Cornell for the junior prom.
That was the big social event of the year in that town of twenty-five thousand. Everybody in the school went to it. Here we are. They had three bands that night. Me and my twelve pieces here. Jimmie Lunceford over here, and Duke Ellington over here. On three different bandstands at Drill Hall.
Was I chagrined! It was awful. They were playing things like Jazznocracy Les sang some licks at fast tempo. I felt caught in the middle between those two great bands. We struggled and struggled. We did a lot of records for Victor, for their Bluebird label. Thank God they haven't re-released them. They weren't up to what they should have been in '38, when you had great bands like Artie, and Goodman.
Or the Dorsey Brothers. Our records weren't that good. Gradually I added more trombones, I added another trumpet. When we were up at Armonk, New York, the whole summer. We were on the air seven times a week. Six at night and Saturday at noon.
I learned so much about modern arranging looking over his shoulder, more than I did at music school, which taught classical orchestration. I'd tell the band to be there at 11 to warm up. We'd go on the air from 12 to It was our best shot. One time, I wondered where the engineer was.
We had a booth there, because we were on every night. It was put in there by WOR. At ten minutes to the hour, I called the station. I said, 'Hey. No announcer Bostich (Demo Version Number 2) - Joaquin Joe Claussell* - Joaquin Joe Claussells Unofficial Edits A no engineer?
We're all here ready to go. Are we off the air? You're on! He said, 'You do the announcing. He said, 'Les, who the hell was that engineer? He said, 'The engineers can ruin you! That was the best balance I ever heard on the radio. I didn't think much of your announcing, but the balance was great!
And we went into the Black Hawk. We were hired for a month, stayed four months. But it wasn't till that I made any money. It was a good little band. Then I started losing guys to the army. Vocal by Betty Bonny. She married Mort Lindsey. Good musician, good arranger.
They live out in Malibu. We still see them now and then. Teagarden gave Simplicity - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - Les Brown Extra! (Vinyl) his big band too. So Butch went with Larry Clinton. Somebody said to me, 'You ought to go see this guy Butch Stone. He's a great performer. Butch said, 'Larry's going into the service as a teacher, a flight instructor. I need a job. Would you like to come? I'd like to have Irv Cottler too. Thus he is a few months younger than Les.
His parents moved to Something We Can Do About It - Shirk Circus - March (CD, Album) York City when he was an infant, and his speech as well as all the vocal records he made with Les reflects that cultural conditioning. One of his first jobs was delivering film for one of the studios in the early s.
He played saxophone part-time in a band with other semi-pros, one that copied Jimmie Lunceford records. Butch did the numbers that Trummy Young sang with the Lunceford band, and gradually he gained acceptance as a comic singer, occasionally being referred to as the white Louis Jordan.
I'd never thought about this before, but now that Butch mentioned it, I saw the pattern. Shakespeare understood the principle, as witness the gatekeeper scene in Macbeth, and even classical composition observes it, as in the Stravinsky Firebird and the Sibelius Seventh Symphony. Even the "sweet" commercial bands had people to provide this comic relief, filling that dramatic function of breaking the mood as a preparation for serious material to follow.
It's a sound dramatic principle. Even the "sweet" bands observed it, for Reservoir Dog - Boy Mike - Fakir Boyz Vol.
1 (CDr) Ziggy Talent with the Vaughan Monroe band. Ishkabibble, in "real life" a trumpet player named Merwyn Bogue, held this position with Kay Kyser.
If it was an era of great ballads, it was also an era of novelty songs, some of them witty and some of them only silly. Les was going to add a baritone to the saxophone section anyway, and if he could find somebody who could also do novelty songs, so much the better. Butch perfectly filled the job description, as they would say in a later time. Butch recalled: "Les told us to go up and see Joe Glaser, who was booking the band. He was a big man in the business.
He had a lot of acts that played the Apollo, including Lionel Hampton, and he handled Louis Armstrong. He had an office around 57th and Broadway. On the way over, Irv Cottler and I said we wouldn't take a penny less than a hundred and twenty-five a week. When we got there, Joe Glaser said, 'This band is going places. It's not a band of stars. Everybody gets the same money — seventy-five a week.
He went with Claude Thornhill. Les said, "I got him later, after the band made a little more money and we were playing the Meadowbrook and Glen Island Casino and the Cafe Rouge. Up till then, he just doubled the first sax. Butch became a mainstay of the band, the dependable underpinning of the sax section and the resident jester, with a flair for singing comic songs, more or less on one note, including Robin Hood, Time Will Take Care of Youand a parody on etiquette lessons in which all the wrong things are advocated, Thank You for Your Very Kind Attention.
Another song asserted: "Jack, I'm comin' back in my convertible Cadillac. It became a hit. He'd go to the ticket agent and say, 'Look, the band has all these instruments and carry-on luggage. Why don't you let us board first and get settled? Butch would then count everybody, to be sure everybody was there, and then yell, 'Yo! Les Brown steepurotralahand.alopdserzelsubtrankreabvasahocatra.info Let's go!
The people already don't like us because we're getting on before they are. Why don't you say, 'Yo! Woody Herman band! He'd just say, 'Yo, band!
To which Butch said: "If the musicians are happy, it will be reflected in the music. So when we'd be going through some little town and stop to get something at a diner at three in the morning, and there'd only be a cook and one waiter, I'd go behind the counter and wait on the band.
It was just fun. Later, when we started flying, I'd try to see that they got good seats on the aisle or at the window. This went neither unnoticed nor unappreciated; and so pervasive was Butch in the life of the band that some people thought of it as the Butch Stone band.
He was a nurturing figure to other musicians. This led to his being named the Mother of the Year, an obvious pun, a few years ago. One of the band's hits was Bizet Has His Day. This is a little-understood factor in evaluating the repertoire of those days. ASCAP — the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — which licensed all the major modern songwriters, demanded more money from the radio stations for the performance of its members' songs.
We were lucky: we had Bob Hope to keep us warm. You have to be lucky in this business. If Bob Stevens from Decca hadn't come in to hear us, I might not have gone on in the Barney Google - Tiny Hill And His Orchestra - Dancin And Singin With Tiny Hill (Vinyl, LP) business. Like everyone else, they are growing older, and some day won't be there for the interviewing.
Indeed, time is running out on much unrecorded jazz history, which is why I have chosen to donate so much of my time and your subscription money, which finances it to explore music history from primary sources and get more of it on record before it is irretrievably lost.
Given the Tutto Va A Fondo - Lord Madness - Deadman (Il Gioco Dell Impiccato) (File, Album) of the music business and the quirky and capricious people who populate it, not being the focus of musician discontent is an amazing achievement.
Les and the late vibraphonist Red Norvo frequented a restaurant lounge in Santa Monica that I played at for a number of months in a guitar-bass-drums trio. All of us were very young at the time, but Les never failed to stop by and offer an encouraging word about our music. He would feign to be cold, wrap his arms around his torso and give us a smile of recognition.
Through the years I have also learned that there is a lot of truth to the adage that it takes about as much time and effort to be nice to people as it does to be mean to them. I wonder if Les Brown invented that maxim? From what I observed, he was the living embodiment of the truth contained in it. Part Two. ASCAP pulled all its music off the air. BMI immediately became functional, and some observers have seen this as preparing the decline of American popular music to its present nadir.
It may have been a factor, but it was one of many. Also significant was the abandonment by the major broadcasting companies of network radio in favor of the rising medium of television. Ironically, this Carrier - Division Day - Visitation (CD, Album) work to Les Brown's advantage.
During the ASCAP ban, radio stations could play only music licensed by BMI or material that was in the public domain, that is to say music old enough that its copyrights had expired, which included folk and much classical music. The piece is based on Bizet's L'arlesienne Suite. That's why we did Marche Slav by Tchaikovsky. If you didn't record things that were in the public domain, the disc jockeys couldn't play them on the air. We even did Old Dog Tray!
Bizet was during that time, You'd get a chart about every six weeks. But when you got it, it was a gem. Frank Comstock could do six in a week, if you wanted him to. Glenn Osser could make an arrangement in two hours. And a great one, every time. He had perfect pitch. He didn't have to go to the piano. But I'd say Ben Homer gave us the style. However, Frank Comstock, born in San Diego, California, September 20,became the most important writer for the band.
One of Comstock's charts, a reorchestration of Leap Frog made when Les expanded the band — this riff tune, based on an octave leap, was written by Joe Garland, who also wrote In the Mood — became a hit and the Les Brown band's theme.
Later Comstock arranged, orchestrated for Dmitri Tiomkin, among othersor scored music for films and television shows, though always retaining his association with Les. Prior to joining Les, Comstock had written three pieces for Stan Kenton.
But a more sustained association was with Benny Carter. Comstock wrote for him for eight months until Carter dismantled his Simplicity - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - Les Brown Extra! (Vinyl) in and turned his attention increasingly to composition and studio work in Los Angeles. InLes encountered a young singer whose work he liked. This meeting would profoundly affect both their lives, its long effect making her a major movie star. She was called Dodo by her family.
Like Ella Fitzgerald, she aspired to be a dancer. I started when I was about four, and I went to dance class four times a week.
I sang in personality class at the dancing school. I adored dancing. But I thought a lot about movie stars because all kids do, and we played movie stars. And I thought about California, how great it must be. We would see the magazines. It was always sun shining. And I loved the way the movie stars dressed.
It was all exciting. I wasn't the kind of person who was a go-getter about being successful and being a star and all of that stuff.
I think it's tragic if it becomes the all-important thing in life. It must be tragic for those who don't have a career in that field. I always loved taking care of my room when I was a little girl, and helping my mother to clean. I learned to iron when I was ten years old. I just thought I was going to be a home maker. It didn't work out that way. Everything went in a different direction. My dancing partner and his mother and my mother and I had been there to get some new dance routines.
We spent about a month in Los Angeles. Oh God, that was the biggest thing in the whole world. We loved it so much that when we came back to Cincinnati, my partner and his mother wanted to move out to L. The following year we decided that my partner and our mothers would go, and we would see what could happen, and what was in store.
Then maybe her Childrens Dance - Various - Windham Hill Records Sampler 81 (Vinyl, LP) would come out.
My father was not living with us at the time. But my brother wanted to go. I was in Hamilton, Ohio, visiting relatives to say good-bye. Four of us young people went out, and the car was hit by a train. It was October the 13th, and it was a Friday. I had terrible fractures in my leg. I was laid up about three years. The bones were not knitting, and it was becoming a terrible thing. I couldn't stand on crutches, I couldn't bear the pain.
Finally, they started to knit. Her aspirations to dance were finished. But she could sing, and she began doing so on radio station WLW in her home town. It was there that Barney Rapp, leader of a successful local band with whom she worked at the station, changed her name to Doris Day. Then she joined the Bob Crosby band. Bob had a half-hour radio program. There was a gal who was going to be on that show. She was a friend Simplicity - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - Les Brown Extra!
(Vinyl) somebody important. And so they decided that it would be a good idea if she sang with the band. It's an old show business story. Girl balls Powerful Person, gets the gig. Ironically, the girl who snagged her job did her a major favor. It is always fascinating to look back and try to trace the strings of our lives, and of course she can never know what would have happened to her had she not been thus displaced.
But destiny is merely what happens. Doris said, "The manager of the Crosby band, Gil Rodin, who was a wonderful person, said that Les Brown had been to the Strand theater in New York and had seen me and would like me to join the band. I said, 'I Met Jou Wil Ik Uit Vissen Gaan - Dolf Brouwers - Weet Je Nog?
(40 Liedjes Die Je Nooit Vergeet) (CD) know much about Les Brown. I really was looked after. The guys were like brothers to me. They were older. They were all married. And then I found I was going with a very young band, and I was concerned that I would be lonely. She was seventeen. It was a family scene. From then till now, Les has always 1983 - Crude - Unlimited Credits (Cassette) a wonderful friend.
We all lived at the Whitby apartments in New York at the time. Claire was there with the babies. We were all so close. We still are. We always talk about the laughs we had. When you have thirty or more one-nighters in a row, that's hard. But we still just laughed. If the band was good for her, she was good for the band. He wrote the arrangement. Though the song was not one of the immortal ballads, it was nonetheless a substantial hit. I said to Les, "I think she is under-rated, for all her success.
I catch her in an old movie, and I Simplicity - Les Brown And His Band Of Renown - Les Brown Extra! (Vinyl) amazed at how well she sang. She was gorgeous, and she had wonderful posture. I suppose that was from the dancing. And, I have to tell you, Les, I still remember it: she had the most beautiful derriere. We'd say, 'Hey, Jut Butt.
On the one-nighters and things. Stumpy Brown was still in school at the time. He graduated from New York Military Academy inturning the academy band over Destiny Boots Johnny Mandel, class of '44, and joined Les's band three weeks later. I think he was happy to get rid of it. He was only in his fifties. It was wartime, and school teachers were at a premium, especially for music.
And he started teaching in high school, although he had no academic credentials. I don't think Dad went past third grade. He taught in Tower City, and we lived in Lykens, which was only ten miles away. Brown, for you to continue teaching at school, you're going to have to get a degree in music.
Go to summer school, for just one summer. That's all you have to do. For some reason, he got another job in a little town called Hegins, where my mother was more or less raised.
They sold their house in Lykens, and moved to Tower City, and he taught privately. He plays bass trombone. What do you think he'd do? You can't sing. Warren can't sing. Sylvia can't sing. What makes you think Stumpy can sing?
A few years later, when Butch Stone left the band for a time, Stumpy took over his vocals, and when Butch returned, Stumpy continued to sing the up-tempo numbers.
And Doris Day had become virtually a member of the family. One time there was a picture of her with the band. She had legs crossed and you could see her knees. He wrote her a letter! She was crying. She showed it to me. I had to write him a note and saying, 'Hey, it's all right, we need publicity, and this isn't bad.
It was a period when Down Beat heavily emphasized cheesecake photos of the "canaries" or "chirps", as it was prone to call them, who sang with the bands. Stand Up (Rehabilated Mix) - Manuela (8) - Stand Up (Vinyl) left the band, had a baby, then was divorced and returned.
I never would do it. Unless I actually had something to do with the song. In this case, Ben called me and said, 'I'm up at Buddy Morris's office. The Morris office was in the Brill Building. The building is still there, on Broadway in mid-town Manhattan. Many music publishers had offices there, and it has always had — to me, anyway — a faint aroma of rancid thoughts.
In tribute to the savage insensitivity of its typical inhabitants, the author James T. Maher called it "Attila's last outpost.
Les said, "I found Bin Ich Nun Frei? - Wagner* - Der Ring Des Nibelungen (CD) later that Homer was trying to get an advance from Buddy. Buddy was too smart. He was 88 years old at the time of his death.
InLes Brown Jr. It continues to perform throughout the world and have a regular big band show in Branson, Missouri. Brown Jr. InBrown Jr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American bandleader. Google News. Retrieved 15 May Tape 1, side B. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 10,
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