Les Elgart

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Birthday
3, 1917
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
Jul 29, 1995 (77)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
3, 1917
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
Jul 29, 1995 (77)

About

Swing and jazz trumpeter and bandleader. He formed the Les & Larry Elgart Ensemble with his brother, Larry, and released nearly thirty recordings between 1954 and 1968.

Before Fame

He began his career as a professional trumpeter by playing for bandleaders Charlie Spivak, Raymond Scott, and Harry James.

Trivia

He toured with jazz guitarist Ralph Patt.

Family Life

He and his younger brother, Larry Elgart, grew up in Connecticut. Les Elgart died in Texas at the age of seventy-seven.

Associated With

His popular "Bandstand Boogie" became the theme song for Dick Clark's American Bandstand program.