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 Les Elgart

Les Elgart

Birth
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 28 Jul 1993 (aged 75)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Garden of Prayer, Block 10, Lot 27, Space 2
Memorial ID 8681 · View Source
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Musician. Born New Haven, Connecticut, he was a swing jazz bandleader and trumpeter. He began playing as a teenager and with his brother, they put together their own group the Les & Larry Elgart Ensemble in 1945. By the 1950s, his Les Elgart Orchestra entertained around the world performing at such prestigious locations as the Hollywood Palladium, Waldorf Astoria, Hawaii, Disneyland, London, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Guatemala, plus many colleges and universities. His orchestra recorded over 100 albums and he wrote "Bandstand Boogie", the theme song for the popular TV show "American Bandstand", which was the award winner in Variety, Billboard and Cashbox polls as the number one dance band song in the U.S. In 1986, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame. He died in Dallas, Texas, July 29, 1995.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8681
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Les Elgart (3 Aug 1917–28 Jul 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8681, citing Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .