Lester Lanin: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies”

25 Dec

Born in 1907 in Philly, youngest of 10 boys. Lester Lanin was band leader of high society; played at Queen Elizabeth’s 60th birthday, Joel-Brinkley wedding and every inauguration from Eisenhower-Clinton but for Carter (too expensive). Famous for never leaving the stand — Kennedy asked when he went to the bathroom, “according to many reports, all of which seem to neglect to give the answer.” Died at 97 in 2004.

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