LES BROWN AND 7 BAND OF RENOWN MEMBERS SIGNED ALBUM PAGES, "Sincerely Les Brown", "To Lois, With sincere best wishes, Hal Derwin", "To Lois - Can you like this town Indianapolis? Sincerely 'The Town Criers' Gordon Polk and Vernon Polk", "To Lois, Sincere Best Regards, Dick Shanahan" (he was famous Jazz drummer), "To Lois, Sincere best wishes, Roberta Lee", "To Lois-Sincerely-Butch Stone (he was vocalist & saxaphone musician), and "To Lois My Very Best, Geoff Clarksnon, piano" on 5.5 x 4.5 album pages, both sides, 8/29/43, and a ticket stub (Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, IN), in fine condition.
Lester Raymond "Les" Brown (March 14, 1912 – January 4, 2001) was an American jazz musician who led the big band Les Brown and His Band of Renown for nearly seven decades from 1938–2000.
Les Brown and the Band of Renown performed with Bob Hope on radio, stage and television for almost fifty years. They did 18 USO Tours for American troops around the world, and 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 and in 1963, they appeared in the Jerry Lewis’ comedy The Nutty Professor playing their theme song "Leapfrog". Brown and the Band were also the house band for The Steve Allen Show (1959–1961) and the Dean Martin Variety Show (1965–1972). Brown and the band performed with virtually every major performer of their time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat “King” Cole.