Music: Band Businessman

Les Brown's "Band of Renown" is one of the busiest and best in the land. Les Brown, a graduate of Duke University ('36), thinks he knows why. "We prefer sound to noise," Brown writes in Metronome. "We prefer the beat over 'effects,' we prefer consonance to dissonance, and we like the melody if it's good."

This formula has made Les & Co. a stand-by on Bob Hope shows since 1946. It has also won the approval of the jazz fans: in Down Beat's latest band popularity poll, Brown's outfit ran second only to "Progressive"...

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