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Ray Conniff
Ray Conniff

Ray Conniff (born Joseph Raymond Conniff on November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA, and died October 12, 2002, Escondido, California, USA) was an American musician. He was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and learned to play the trombone from his father. He studied music arranging from a course book. GNU, Foto: Clemens Krauss (1979) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... GNU, Foto: Clemens Krauss (1979) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... November 6 is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 55 days remaining. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... Attleboro is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts and is immediately north of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. ... October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location Image:Needed Needed: Location of Escondido within San Diego County, California. ... Attleboro is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts and is immediately north of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. ... A lip-reed aerophone with a predominantly cylindrical bore, the trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ...


After serving in the U.S. Army in World War II (where he worked under Walter Schumann), he was hired by Mitch Miller, then head of A & R at Columbia Records as their home arranger, and he worked with several artists, including Rosemary Clooney, Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell and Johnnie Ray. He wrote a top 10 arrangement for Don Cherry's "Band of Gold" in 1955, a single that sold more than a million copies. US Army Seal HHC, US Army Distinctive Unit Insignia The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the globe and is accepted as the largest and deadliest... Mitch Miller (born July 4, 1911) is remembered as one of the best-selling recording artists of the 1950s and early 60s. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Rosemary Clooney on the cover of her 2000 collection 16 Biggest Hits Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American popular singer and actress. ... Marty Robbins, (September 26, 1925 - December 8, 1982), was an American Country & Western Hall of Fame musican and a talented NASCAR race car driver. ... Frankie Laine on the cover of The Mercury Years collection. ... John Royce Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an African-American popular singer. ... Guy Mitchell (February 22, 1927-July 1, 1999) was an American pop singer, who was even more successful in the United Kingdom than his homeland, despite being an international recording star of the 1950s with five #1 singles. ... John Alvin Johnnie Ray (January 10, 1927 - February 24, 1990) was one of the most popular American singers of his day. ... Don Cherry (born January 11, 1924) was a singer of traditional pop music and a golfer. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Amongst the hit singles he backed with his orchestra (and eventually with a male chorus) were "Yes Tonight Josephine" and "Just Walkin' in the Rain" by Johnnie Ray; "Chances Are" and "It's Not for Me to Say" by Johnny Mathis; "A White Sport Coat" and "The Hanging Tree" by Marty Robbins; "Up Above My Head," a duet by Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray, and "Pet Me, Poppa" by Rosemary Clooney. He also backed up the albums "Tony" by Tony Bennett, "Blue Swing" by Eileen Rodgers, "Swingin' for Two" by Don Cherry. and half the tracks of "The Big Beat" by Johnnie Ray. Tony Bennett, 2000 Tony Bennett (born August 3, 1926) is an American popular music, standards, and jazz singer who is widely considered to be one of the best interpretive singers in these genres. ... John Alvin Johnnie Ray (January 10, 1927 - February 24, 1990) was one of the most popular American singers of his day. ...


In these early years he also produced some similar sounding records for Columbia's Epic label under the name of Jay Raye (which stands for "Joseph Raymond") amongst them a backing album and singles with Somethin' Smith & The Redheads, an American male vocal group. Epic Records is a record label launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...


Due to the success of his backings Mitch Miller allowed him to make his own record, and this became the successful "'S Wonderful", a collection of standards that were recorded with an orchestra and a wordless singing chorus (four boys, four girls). He released many more albums in the same vein, including "Dance The Bop" (1957), "'S Marvelous" (1957, gold album), "'S Awful Nice" (1958), "Concert in Rhythm" (1958, gold album), "Hollywood in Rhythm" (1958), "Broadway in Rhythm" (1959), and "Concert in Rhythm, Volume II" (1959, gold album). 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Gold album is a music album that has sold a minimum number of copies (in the United States, currently 500,000 sales). ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1959 he started the Ray Conniff Singers (12 girls and 13 boys) and released the album "It's the Talk of the Town. This group of word— not just syllable — singing singers brought him the biggest hit he ever had in his career: "Somewhere My Love" (1966). The title track of the album (also called "Lara's Theme") was written for the film Doctor Zhivago (1965), and was a top 10 single in the US. The album also reached the US top 20 and went platinum, and Conniff won a Grammy. The single and album reached high positions in the international charts (a.o. Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan) as well. Also extraordinarily successful was the first of four Christmas albums by the Singers,"Christmas with Conniff" (1959). Nearly fifty years after its release, in 2004, Conniff posthumously was awarded with a platinum album/CD. The Ray Conniff Singers were a vocal group established 1959 by composer-arranger-bandleader Ray Conniff (see his entry for more information). ... Doctor Zhivago ( Доктор Живаго ) is a novel by Boris Pasternak, which was also adapted by Robert Bolt into a 1965 epic film. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... The 1995 re-release album cover of White Christmas A Christmas song is a song which is normally sung during the Christmas period, and usually has some Christmas or winter related theme. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Musically different highlights in Conniff's career are two albums he produced in cooperation with Billy Butterfield, an old buddy from earlier swing days. "Conniff Meets Butterfield" (1960) featured Butterfield's solo trumpet and a small rhythm group; "Just Kiddin' Around" (after a Conniff original composition from the 1940's), released 1963, featured additional trombone solos by Ray himself. Both albums are pure light jazz and did not feature any vocals. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Later in the 1960's he produced an average of two instrumental and one vocal album a year. Among these are (Original albums only):

  • "Young at Heart" (1960)
  • "Say It with Music (A Touch of Latin)" (1960)
  • "Memories Are Made of This" (1960, gold album)
  • "Somebody Loves Me" (1961)
  • "'S Continental" (1961)
  • "So Much in Love" (1962, gold album)
  • "Rhapsody in Rhythm" (1962)
  • "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (1962, gold album)
  • "The Happy Beat" (1962)
  • "You Make Me Feel So Young" (1963)
  • "Speak to Me of Love" (1963)
  • "Friendly Persuasion" (1964)
  • "Invisible Tears" (1964)
  • "Love Affair" (1965)
  • "Music From 'Mary Poppins', 'The Sound of Music', 'My Fair Lady' & Other Great Movie Themes" (1965)
  • "Here We Come A-Caroling" (1965)
  • "Happiness Is" (1965)
  • "Ray Conniff's World of Hits" (1966)
  • "En Español (The Ray Conniff Singers Sing It in Spanish)" (1966)
  • "This Is My Song" (1967)
  • "Ray Conniff's Hawaiian Album" (1967)
  • "It Must Be Him" (1967, gold album)
  • "Honey" (1968, gold album)
  • "Turn Around Look at Me" (1968)
  • "I Love How You Love Me" (1968)
  • "Live Europa Tournee 1969/Concert in Stereo" (1969)
  • "Jean" (1969)
  • "Concert In Stereo: Live At 'The Sahara Tahoe'" (1969)
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970)
  • "We've Only Just Begun" (1970)
  • "Love Story" (1970)
  • "Great Contemporary Instrumental Hits" (1971)
  • "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (1971)
  • "Love Theme from "The Godfather" (1972)
  • "Alone Again (Naturally)" (1972)
  • "I Can See Clearly Now" (1972)
  • "Ray Conniff in Britain" (1973)
  • "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (1973)
  • "Harmony" (1973)
  • "The Way We Were" (1973)
  • "The Happy Sound of Ray Conniff" (1974)
  • "Ray Conniff In Moscow" (1974)
  • "Laughter in the Rain" (1975)
  • "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" (1975)
  • "Love Will Keep Us Together" (1975)
  • "I Write the Songs" (1975)
  • "Live in Japan" (1975)
  • "Send in the Clowns" (1976)
  • "Theme from 'SWAT' and Other TV Themes" (1976)
  • "After the Lovin'" (1976)
  • "Exitos Latinos" (1977)
  • "Ray Conniff Plays the Bee Gees and Other Great Hits" (1978)
  • "I Will Survive" (1979)
  • "The Perfect '10' Classics" (1980)
  • "Exclusivamente Latino" (1980)
  • "Siempre Latino" (1981)
  • "The Nashville Connection" (1982)
  • "Musik für Millionen" (partly produced for a German TV show in 1982)
  • "Amor Amor" (1982)
  • "Fantastico" (1983)
  • "Supersonico" (1984)
  • "Campeones" (1985)
  • "Say You Say Me" (1986)
  • "30th Anniversary Edition" (1986)
  • "Always in My Heart" (1987)
  • "Interpreta 16 Exitos De Manuel Alejandro" (1988)
  • "Ray Conniff Plays Broadway" (1990)
  • "'S Always Conniff" (1991)
  • "Latinisimo" (1993)
  • "40th Anniversary" (1995)
  • "Live in Rio (aka Mi Historia)" (1997)
  • "I Love Movies" (1997)
  • "My Way" (1998)
  • "'S Country" (1999)
  • "'S Christmas" (1999)
  • "Do Ray Para O Rei" (2000).

Between 1957 and 1968, he had 28 albums in the American Top 40, the most famous one being "Somewhere My Love" (1966). He topped the album list in Britain in 1969 with "His Orchestra, His Chorus, His Singers, His Sound". He also was the first American popular artist to record in Russia—in 1974 he recorded "Ray Conniff in Moscow" with the help of a local choir. His later albums like "Exclusivamente Latino", "Amor Amor" and "Latinisimo" made him very popular in Latin-American countries. In Brazil he was treated like a young pop superstar in the 1980s and 1990s when he was in his 70s and 80s. 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The original poster for the Broadway production of the show designed by Al Hirschfeld My Fair Lady is a 1956 musical theater production with lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederic Loewe, adapted from George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... 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For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Bee Gees: Maurice, Barry and Robin The Bee Gees were a British and Australian band, originally a pop singer-songwriter combination, reborn as funk and disco. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Ray Conniff was a quiet, modest sympathetic artist. He always worked in the background so that in the fifties there were rumours that this man didn't even exist and his name was just a name fake as then his orchestral sound was so sensational. Nevertheless he sold about 70 million albums world-wide and continued recording and performing until his death in 2002. He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 1218 Glendon Avenue in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles, California. ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles) is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ...


In 2004, a memorial two-CD compilation set, "The Essential Ray Conniff", was released, featuring many rare and previously unreleased tracks. "The Singles Collection, Vol.1" was released on the Collectables label in 2005. This also features many rare tracks.


See also

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Ray Conniff - definition of Ray Conniff in Encyclopedia (807 words)
Ray Conniff (born John R. Conniff November 6 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA, and died October 12 2002, Escondido, California, USA) was an American musician.
Musically different highlights in Conniff's career are two albums he produced in cooperation with Billy Butterfield, an old buddy from earlier swing days.
Conniff sold about 70 million albums world-wide and continued performing until his death in 2002, even performed "Somewhere My Love" at the March 2002 wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest.
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