Lester Lanin (b. Nathaniel Lester Lanin, August 26, 1907, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - d. Oct. 27, 2004, New York City) was an American jazz and pop music bandleader. Lanin's brothers, Sam and Howard, were 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 wanted to be an attorney but quit school to play music in his teens. Beginning in 1927, he led ensembles that were paid to play at the houses of wealthy socialites in Philadelphia and New York, continuing after the 1929 stock market crash.
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