Just had to reply and (even though he passed away some 9 months ago, and that he and Jerry may not have been close the past decade or so) I am saddened and offer my condolences to his family. Three memories of Louie (and there are many!) from mid-late '70s telethons:
- The Reunion Dean and Jerry '76: Taking the mike from Frank and watching and smiling, in awe of the moment
- Towards the end of one show, where he takes off his tie and/or he does something with Jerry's tie, and they hug
- Louie throwing the chair/ stool for Jerry to sit on right before he sings "...Walk Alone"
At the end of the telethon, Jerry usually mentioned Lou last, as his musical director for the past ____ years, my "best", "closest", or "dearest Friend". It was always touching and heartwarming to see them together, the way Jerry fooled around and joked with him. I think one telethon he said that Lou was one of the only people that would talk/be straight with him, not bowing down to him and his ego or take any crap from him, and would put him in his place when needed. If they did have a falling out, it's a true shame, then; very regrettable. Fortunately, Anthony and Scott went to his funeral service. Here's to Lou Brown, a standout conductor and musical director and (it seems like) a true giant and a wonderful man.