1930 to 1970
March 14, 1912
January 24, 2001
Reinerton, Pennsylvania, United States
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.