Label: Epic - LN 3825 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono HI FI • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Pop • Style: Easy Listening
Nathaniel Lester Lanin August 26, — October 27, was an American jazz and pop music bandleader. He was famous for long, smoothly arranged medleysat a consistent rhythm and tempo, which were designed for continuous dancing.
Lanin's career began in the late s and his popularity increased through the advent of the LP era. Starting with Epic Records in the middle of the s, he recorded a string of albums for several labels, many of which hit the US Billboard Lanin's brothers, Sam and Howardwere also both bandleaders; they came from a family of ten of which Lester was the youngest born to a family of Russian Jewish immigrants.
He originally attended South Philadelphia High School but quit at the age of 15 to play music with his brothers abandoning his plans to be an attorney. InLanin was hired to play at a gala for Barbara Huttonand the event garnered so much press in New York newspapers that it made Lanin a star as well as the young heiress. Lanin became a major star of the dance music world, and At The Darktown Strutters Ball - Lester Lanin And His Orchestra - Twistin In High Society hired worldwide to play for dignitaries and monarchsin addition to a recurring invitation to play at White House inaugural balls from the Eisenhower administration to the Carter administration.
Lanin was managed for much of his career by New York socialite music promoter Al Madison. According to Lanin, one of his most memorable performances was playing at a party for avant-garde rock musician Frank Zappa. Lanin also played for other celebrities, including Billy Joel 's wedding to Christie Brinkley. In he played himself in the black-and-white film comedy Man of the Centurywhere he was Grüße aus dem Egerland - Weisachtaler Blasmusik - Grüße Aus Dem Weisachtal favorite musician of lead character Johnny Twennies.
Until his death, Lanin and his orchestra played at the prestigious International Debutante Ball where upper-class girls from prominent American and international families At The Darktown Strutters Ball - Lester Lanin And His Orchestra - Twistin In High Society presented to high society at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Since his death, his orchestra continues to play biennially at the International Debutante Ball. Lanin and his orchestra are famous for handing out "Lanin Hats", with the logo of the Lester Lanin orchestra, to the crowd and debutantes at the International Debutante Ball.
Lester Lanin died at age 97 in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lester Lanin. Los Angeles Times. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 2 October Retrieved 23 August Betty Knight Scripps' "coming out" party PYTs at the Debutante Ball". Retrieved 9 June The New York Times. Categories : American jazz bandleaders Musicians from Philadelphia deaths births 20th-century American musicians Jazz musicians from Pennsylvania. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Heritage - Antalio - Heritage View history.