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Ray Ellington
Ray Ellington

Ray Ellington (born Ray Brown March 17, 1916, died February 28, 1985) was a popular Engish singer, drummer and bandleader. He is best known for his appearances on The Goon Show from 1951 to 1960. The Ray Ellington Quartet had a regular musical segment on the show, and Ellington also had a small speaking role in many episodes, often as a parodic African native or Arab (but also often, with no attempt to hide his natural Black accent, as a woman or a Scotsman). Image File history File links Ray_ellington. ... Image File history File links Ray_ellington. ... March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in Leap years). ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A session drummer at practice A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... DVD of The Last Goon Show of All, aired by the BBC in 1972. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Caribbean British. ... In linguistics, an accent is a pronunciation characteristic of a particular group of people relative to another group. ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ...


Ellington specialised in jazz but experimented with many other genres throughout the show's history and his musical style was heavily influenced by the comedic jump blues of Louis Jordan. Ellington's band was one of the first in the UK to feature the stripped-back guitar/bass/drums/piano format that became the basis of rock'n'roll, as well as being one of the first groups in Britain to prominently feature the electric guitar. They were also reputedly the very first jazz band in the UK to use an amplified bass. Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Louis Jordan swinging on sax, Paramount Theatre, NYC, 1946 (Photo: William P. Gottlieb) Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975) was a pioneering African-American blues, jazz and rhythm & blues musician and songwriter who enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. ... Rock and roll (also spelled rock n roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... Generally, amplification is a basic process sometimes seen in nature, and often used in processes which involve a signal which must be made stronger. ...


Early in the show's run, there were many jokes linking Ellington to the African nation of Ghana, thus leading Ellington to say that he came from Ghana. In truth, Ellington was born to a Russian Jewish mother and an African-American father in England1. Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... For general discussion of dark-skinned people, see Black people. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004...


Footnote

  1. U.S. Archives - The Goon Show Preservation Society

External links

  • Ray Ellington at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Spike Milligan Tribute Site
  • The Spike Milligan Appreciation Society

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Ray Ellington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (262 words)
Ray Ellington (born Ray Brown March 17, 1916, died February 28, 1985) was a popular Engish singer, drummer and bandleader.
Ellington specialised in jazz but experimented with many other genres throughout the show's history and his musical style was heavily influenced by the comedic jump blues of Louis Jordan.
Ellington's band was one of the first in the UK to feature the stripped-back guitar/bass/drums/piano format that became the basis of rock'n'roll, as well as being one of the first groups in Britain to prominently feature the electric guitar.
California Ballroom - Bands - Ray Ellington (264 words)
The quartet which drummer Ray Ellington led at the end of the 1940s was a compact unit which succeeded in blending the more melodic aspects of bebop with the kind of music associated with the Nat Cole Trio.
The basic group comprised Ray, pianist Dick Katz (not to be confused with an American pianist of the same name), Coleridge Goode on bass and either Lauderic Caton or Laurie Deniz on guitar.
Ellington was a fine small-band drummer and an attractive vocalist, while Katz was a hugely underrated pianist with a penchant for Duke Ellington voicings and introductions.
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