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DON RAYE  

(1909 - 1985)

Donald McRae Wilhoite, Junior
Composer, Lyricist, Dancer

Don Raye was born in Washington, D.C. As a dancer, he won the state championship in the Charleston and Black Bottom categories while still a teenager. Raye went on to perform internationally in Vaudeville, both singing and dancing, but settled down in his mid-twenties to study advertising and literature at New York University.

He soon returned to the music profession, taking a job as a songwriter with a music publishing house in New York and then for Hollywood studios. Most notable were his boogie-woogie numbers, which became hits for the Andrews Sisters and in turn helped to shape that genre.

Over his career he wrote hundreds of songs, often collaborating with Gene De Paul. Their “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (1941) won an Academy Award nomination, and “Down the Road Apiece” (1941) reemerged in the 1960s, performed first by Chuck Berry and then the Rolling Stones. Within the jazz genre, Raye is best known for his contributions to “You Don’t Know What Love Is” (1941), “I’ll Remember April”(1941), and “Star Eyes” (1946).

-- Jeremy Wilson

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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Contemporary Jazz
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Nostalgia
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8.120817
Jazz
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8.120816
Jazz
ECKSTINE, Billy: Yours To Command (1950-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120687
Jazz
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8.120765
Jazz
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8.120774
Jazz
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
GRAPPELLI, Stephane: Swing from Paris (1935-1943) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120688
Jazz
HERMAN, Woody: The Band That Plays the Blues (1937-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120527
Jazz
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9.82502
Pop and Rock
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8.120636
Nostalgia
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8.102002
Jazz
KENTON, Stan: MacGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 4 (1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120703
Nostalgia
PARKER, Charlie: Mellow Bird (1949-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120700
Jazz
THOSE WERE OUR SONGS - Hits from World War II Altissimo
75442255452
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND STROLLING STRINGS: Strolling Strings 50th Anniversary (The) Altissimo
75442261172
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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75442262052
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND JAZZ AMBASSADORS: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Altissimo
75442270012
Contemporary Jazz
WE CAN DO IT! - Celebrating Women in WWII Altissimo
75442272022
Contemporary Jazz
WILSON, Teddy: Blues in C-Sharp Minor (1935-1937) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120665
Jazz
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
50 PATRIOTIC SONGS - Music for the 4th of July Altissimo
75442200162
Contemporary Jazz, Choral - Secular
Band Music - GOULD, M. / WARD, S. / STEFFE, W. / BERLIN, I. / SOUSA, J.P. / KOFF, C. / GOLD, B. / WALTERS, H. (Let Freedom Ring) Altissimo
75442260752
Vocal
Choral Music (American) - KEY, F.S. / GREENWOOD, L. / WILLIAMS, J. / BERLIN, I. / GUTHRIE, W. (Let Freedom Sing! - An Independence Celebration) Altissimo
75442271952
Choral - Secular
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8.120896
Nostalgia
FITZGERALD, Ella: Ella And Company (1943-1951) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120765
Jazz
FOLK TREASURES OF AMERICA Altissimo
75442262372
Choral - Secular
MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE (A) Altissimo
75442255312
Choral - Secular
TEAGARDEN, Jack: Texas Tea Party (1933-1950) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120585
Jazz
THOSE WERE OUR SONGS - Hits from World War II Altissimo
75442255452
Contemporary Jazz
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75442271082
Choral - Secular
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75442262452
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND AND SINGING SERGEANTS: Last Full Measure of Devotion (The) Altissimo
75442253432
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA: Evening with Starlifter (An) Altissimo
75442260042
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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75442255562
Choral - Secular
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75442262392
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND AND SINGING SERGEANTS: American Parade Altissimo
75442260082
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE LOGISTICS COMMAND BAND OF FLIGHT: Blessings of Liberty (The) Altissimo
75442262462
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND: American Hero Altissimo
75442270132
Vocal
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SINGING SERGEANTS: Higher We Fly (The) Altissimo
75442262052
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND JAZZ AMBASSADORS: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Altissimo
75442270012
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND SEA CHANTERS CHORUS: United States Navy Band Presents the Sea Chanters (The) The Robert Hoe Collection
75442219822
Choral - Secular
US ARMY BAND AND CHORUS: Hero for Today Altissimo
75442255772
Choral - Secular
WE CAN DO IT! - Celebrating Women in WWII Altissimo
75442272022
Contemporary Jazz
WILLIAMS, J.: Bugler's Dream / FLOYD, D.: Hero for Today / WARD, S.: America the Beautiful (The Dream Goes On) (US Navy Sea Chanters, Gambone) Altissimo
75442255722
Choral - Secular




 
 
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