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Ray Noble

voc, 1903-1978 GB, Brighton
Composer / Arranger of Pop and Jazz
A.k.a. Raymond Stanley Noble

English bandleader, composer, arranger and actor (born December 17, 1903, Brighton, England – died April 3, 1978, London, England). Noble is most notable as the composer of many famous songs such as "The Very Thought of You," "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," "The Touch of Your Lips," "Goodnight Sweetheart" and "Cherokee." He studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and, at age 21, became a staff arranger for the BBC and a year later was named a musical advisor for His Master's Voice (HMV) Records. In 1929, he became conductor/leader HMV's house band, known as the New Mayfair Orchestra. This orchestra featured members from many of the top hotel orchestras of the day. The most popular vocalist with Noble's studio band was Al Bowlly, who joined Noble in 1930. Ray Noble's band recordings were the first by a British ensemble to achieve popularity in the United States, and in 1934 he journeyed to America, along with drummer/manager Bill Harty and vocalist Al Bowlly. Noble enlisted American bandleader/trombonist Glenn Miller to help him organize a band in America. The band achieved success, especially during its engagements in The Rainbow Room, but it never reached the level of its British counterpart, and was disbanded in 1937. Noble went to Los Angeles, where he conducted an orchestra on the radio and provided music for shows like 'The Chase and Sanborn Hour,' 'Burns And Allen' and the 'Charlie McCarthy Show,' (featuring ventriloquist Edgar Bergen). He also did some comedy on the radio during this time and worked extensively with Fred Astaire. Noble also made a lot of recordings with his band on Brunswick and Columbia from 1937-1950 and worked with artists like Tony Martin (3) and Buddy Clark (3). In the mid-1950s, Noble decided to enter semi-retirement and relocated to Jersey (Channel Islands) in the late 1960s. In March 1978 he flew to London for treatment of cancer, and later died of the disease at a London hospital. "The Very Thought of You", recorded on Victor in 1934, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Ray Noble was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 1987 inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

     
Genres
  • Pop
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
The Very Thought of You (Slow-Fox) on Fabulous British Dance Bands: Ray Noble, Vol.1 Featuring Al Bowlly by Al Bowlly
Midnight, the Stars and You on Brighter Than the Sun - The Sound of Al Bowlly & Ray Noble by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
Blue Moon on In the Clouds - Big Band Classics by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
Freckle Face, You're Beautiful on With All My Heart by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
Close Your Eyes on Brighter Than the Sun - The Sound of Al Bowlly & Ray Noble by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
Midnight, the Stars and You on In the Clouds - Big Band Classics by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
Goodnight Sweetheart on With All My Heart by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
The Younger Generation on In the Clouds - Big Band Classics by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
This Is Romance on With All My Heart by Al Bowlly & Ray Noble
Midnight, the Stars and You (Foxtrott) on Fabulous British Dance Bands: Ray Noble, Vol.1 Featuring Al Bowlly by Al Bowlly

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Ray Noble Plays Ray Noble And OthersRay Noble2003Compil.
Dinner JazzMel Tormé, Ray Noble, Duke Ellington, Red Norvo, Tommy Dorsey, Jerry Gray, Harry James, Doris Day2002Compil.
The Marvelous Melodies Of Peter MendozaAl Bowlly, Peter Mendoza, Roy Fox, Ray Noble1998Compil.
Flowers For MadameAl Bowlly, Ray Noble, Ronnie Munro & His Orchestra1988Compil.
The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 2 ) With Al BowllyRay Noble1987Compil.
Al Bowlly With Ray Noble 1931 To 1934Al Bowlly With Ray Noble1987Compil.
Al Bowlly With Ray Noble 1931 To 1934Al Bowlly With Ray Noble1986Compil.
The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band EraRay Noble, Bob Zurke, Hudson-DeLange Orchestra, Fats Waller1985Compil.
The Great Bands In Digital Stereo Series Vol 3Ray Noble, Al Bowlly, Glenn Miller1984Compil.
EncoresRay Noble1975Compil.
Al Bowlly-Ray NobleAl Bowlly, Ray Noble1972Compil.
Al Bowlly•Ray NobleAl Bowlly, Ray Noble1969Compil.
16 Recordings By One Of The True Outstanding Dance Orchestras Of The Big Band EpochRay Noble1967Compil.
Бабочки Под Дождем / Месяц Над КентукиRay NobleAlbum
This Is Ray NobleRay NobleSingle
My Canary Has Circles Under His EyesRay Noble, Al BowllyCompil.
Volume 3Ray Noble, Al BowllyCompil.
Volume 4Ray Noble / Al BowllyCompil.
This Is Ray NobleRay NobleSingle
The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 1 )Ray NobleCompil.
Volume 6Ray Noble / Al BowllyCompil.
Ray Noble & His All Star American Orchestra 1935-36Ray NobleCompil.
Vol. 5Ray Noble, Al BowllyCompil.
Vol. IIRay Noble / Al BowllyCompil.
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