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Louis Y. (Lou) Brown Muscial Director Dies

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September 3, 2007

 

 

:J-Hi: All Members,

 

I got a call today from Michael Brown the son of Lou Brown to tell me that he died on Jaunary 7,2007

 

Louis Y. (Lou) Brown Musical Director who for well over 50 years who worked for Jerry Lewis and MDA as a Musical Director

Lou Brown was 95 years old. born' May 4, 1912

 

Lou Brown conducted the MDA Telethon's from the very beginning. Even when there was no telethon.

When there was just a show for MDA.

 

Lou Brown was creamated:

There was no funeral per Lou Brown request: only a few family and friends gathering to remember Lou.

I was told that Jerry Lewis's Two sons Anthony Lewis and Scott Lewis where at the gathering.

 

I was very personal friends with Lou Brown, I will really miss him and his wise advice and friendship:

 

You did a great job!

 

Thank you Lou Brown for all your love and help for all of the children with Muscular Dystrophy and helping Jerry lewis for over 50 years.

 

God Bless you.

R.I.P.

Margaret Ann Galasso

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Randy    224

What a shock to read about the passing of Louie. I met him at Jerry's 1969 NBC show.

To Lou's family, my prayers are with you.

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Joe548    1,994
:( I wonder why this was never listed in Variety. I saw him at all the Lewis performances. He seemed like a nice guy. I wonder if it's true that he and JL had a fight and stopped talking.

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Sept 3, 2007

 

Joe to answer your question. Yes it's true that JL and Lou had a falling out a number of years ago.

That when Lou was replaced as MDA Musical Director and stopped working for JL as well.

 

Annie

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oh doctah    1

Louie is dead. Thanks for posting the news or we would never have found this out. Why do you think there was no tribute to him on the Telethon? :(

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Joe548    1,994

Time or no time, there is no way JL would a tribute to someone he doesn't even talk to. Remember, to JL, he has been dead for years. When was the last time Lou was on the thon?

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NuttyJerryFan    467

Lou retired from the music circuit in 1995 - and was only doing work with Jerry beyond that.

 

Lou last conducted on the Telethon in 1997. He had gotten so old that he was missing cues and he was assigned a cue person to sit by him the entire show, and cue him to do things instead of putting on the usual headphones to receive cues from the booth about music needed and so on.

 

Maybe they had a falling out - maybe they didn't - it's been 10 years so very few people know the answer to that.

 

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Joe548    1,994

He was old and missing cues? Sounds like he was about the same age that Ed is right now.

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Mike    3

Hi all,

 

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.

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Joe548    1,994

Lou was not the conductor with the microphone for Frank in 76. It was Frank's guy.

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errandboy    2

I bumped into Lou in 1993 after sitting in the telethon audience for five or six hours. It was like 7 or 8 in the morning and Lou passed us as we were exiting the Sahara "space center" where the show was staged. I grabbed my telethon pin (the ones they handed out around the casino) and asked Lou to sign it. Even though he was anxious about getting back on the set in time, he very graciously stopped and signed. He seemed pretty old and hard-of-hearing, but also seemed to have a very kind heart. My belated condolences to his family.

 

On a more upbeat note, I always enjoyed his role in Jerry's live performances. In addition to lobbing a stool onto the stage when Jerry requested one, he'd also heave ten or fifteen canes at Jerry in the same manner, with perfect comedic timing. I'm sure they'd done it hundreds of times, but it always seemed fresh. As sad as it is that all these "old school" performers are passing, I can't help but be glad we had the opportunity to see them while they were here. There'll never be another group of performers like them.

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