Les Brown

Birth Name:
Lester Raymond Brown
Birth Date:
March 14, 1912
Birth Place:
Reinerton, Pennsylvania
Death Date:
January 4, 2001
Place of Death:
Pacific Palisades, California
Cause of Death:
Lung cancer
Cemetery Name:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Les Brown was an American musician, big band leader and composer best known for his nearly seven decades of work with the big band Les Brown and His Band of Renown (1938-2001). The Band of Renown began in the late 1930s, initially as the group Les Brown and His Blue Devils, led by Brown while he was a student at Duke University. During his tenure the band had ten number-one hit songs including "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm", "Sweet and Hot" and "Sentimental Journey" featuring Doris Day. Les Brown and the Band of Renown also 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. Les Brown was the first president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Today the band performs under the direction of his son, Les Brown, Jr.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

1218 Glendon Avenue

Los Angeles, California, 90024


North America


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Grave Location:

Garden of Serenity

Grave Location Description

As you drive into the cemetery drive straight ahead towards the office and make a left and park just past the chapel. Walk along the road and look for the grave of Walter Matthau on the right. Just behind his grave is the Garden of Serenity. You will find Les Brown on one of the wall units.

Grave Location GPS

34.058343316, -118.440589645



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