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Don Raye

1909-1985 US, Washington, D.C.
Songwriter of Jazz and Blues
A.k.a. Donald MacRae Wilhoite, Jr. McRae Wilhoite

American vaudevillian and songwriter. Started his career as a dancer, going on to win the "Virginia State Dancing Championship." Wilhoite started work in vaudeville as a "song and dance man" often writing his own songs for his act, where he changed his name to Don Raye. In 1935 he started work as a songwriter, collaborating with numerous composers, most notably, Gene DePaul. Other collaborators included Hughie Prince, Patricia Johnston Johnston, Harry James, Freddie Slack, Artie Shaw, Charlie Shavers and Benny Carter. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985. Born: March 16, 1909, in Washington, D.C., USA Died: January 29, 1985, in Encino, California, USA

  • Jazz
  • Blues
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The House of Blue Lights on Capitol Collectors Series by Ella Mae Morse

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Title Artist Year Type
The Sidewalk Shufflers / That's The One For MeSonny Burke And His Orchestra1951Album
The House Of Blue Lights / Cow Cow BoogieFreddie Slack And His Orchestra And Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye1948Album
The House Of Blue Lights / Hey Mr. PostmanFreddie Slack And His Orchestra And Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye1946Album
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