In 1930, Lanin was hired to play at a gala for Barbara Hutton, and 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 was hired worldwide to play for kings and queens, in 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.
Famous for long, smooth medleys, Lanin’s popularity increased upon the advent of the LP era. Starting with Epic Records in the middle of the 1950s, he recorded a string of albums for several labels, many of which hit the US Billboard 200. He continued performing well into the 1990s. In 1999 Lester Lanin played himself in the black-and-white film comedy Man of the Century, where he was the favorite musician of lead character Johnny Twennies. Lester Lanin died at age 97 in 2004.
Today, the Lester Lanin Orchestra® continues to create musical memories for the world’s foremost parties. Music Director Spencer Bruno and his production staff insure your party is an affair to remember with the best in your favorite live music genre —classic pop, rock, R&B, top 40, classical ensembles, Dixieland, jazz and swing.