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RAY NOBLE

Band Leader, Pianist, Actor

Ray Noble was a popular English bandleader/pianist and the first to become a success in America. At age 21 he became the staff arranger for the BBC Dance Orchestra and the following year, music director for HMV Records. His successful recordings led to an invitation to appear with his vocalist, Al Bowlly, in 1934 at the Rainbow Room atop New York’s RCA building.

His American band at various times included such future stars as Glenn Miller, Claude Thornhill, Charlie Spivak, and Bud Freeman. He made several popular recordings in the U.S.: “Isle of Capri,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Love Locked Out,” Noble’s composition with lyrics by Max Kester. “Linda,” with vocalist Buddy Clark, hit number one on the charts.

While in the States Noble went to Hollywood to appear in The Big Broadcast of 1936 and ended up playing a comedic Englishman in A Damsel in Distress. After disbanding the orchestra in 1937, he appeared in both musical and comedy roles on the radio shows of Burns & Allen and Edgar Bergen.

Noble composed his first song, “Goodnight Sweetheart” in 1931, followed by “Love Is the Sweetest Thing” (1934). Although his output was relatively small, “The Very Thought of You” (1934), “The Touch of Your Lips” (1936), “I Hadn’t Anyone Till You” (1938), and “Cherokee” (1938) became jazz standards.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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Role: Non-Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
DAY, Doris: It's Magic (1947-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120669
Nostalgia

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADLER, Larry: The Great Larry Adler (1934-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120608
Nostalgia
BRITISH DANCE BANDS, Vol. 2 (1928-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120604
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Some of These Days (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120562
Nostalgia
DAY, Doris: It's Magic (1947-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120669
Nostalgia
FITZGERALD, Ella: Lullaby Of Birdland (1947-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120774
Jazz
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
GILLESPIE, Dizzy: Groovin' High (1942-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120582
Jazz
HERMAN, Woody: The Band That Plays the Blues (1937-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120527
Jazz
HOLIDAY, Billie: Fine and Mellow (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120583
Jazz
JOHNNY SMITH QUINTET: Johnny Smith Quintet featuring Stan Getz ‎- Moonlight in Vermont (1952, 1953) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81138JZ
Jazz
Melodies Of Love Naxos International
8.990021
Orchestral
SHEARING, George: Lullaby of Birdland (1947-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120823
Jazz
TATUM: Improvisations Naxos
8.559130
Instrumental
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Drifting and Dreaming (1934-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120579
Jazz
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Here's That Band Again (1934-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120619
Jazz
ULTIMATE BIG BAND COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120861-62
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Airmen of Note (The) Altissimo
75442255592
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Invitation Altissimo
75442253482
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Just Friends Altissimo
75442271032
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND (JAZZ AMBASSADORS): Best of Sammy Nestico (The) Altissimo
75442272132
Contemporary Jazz
US MILITARY BANDS: Military Workout With Military Music Altissimo
75442270352
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Live in '58 and '64 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119004
Jazz DVD
WYNTERS, Gail: My Shining Hour Naxos Jazz
86027-2
Contemporary Jazz

Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DAY, Doris: It's Magic (1947-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120669
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Just Friends Altissimo
75442271032
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND (JAZZ AMBASSADORS): Best of Sammy Nestico (The) Altissimo
75442272132
Contemporary Jazz
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Live in '58 and '64 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119004
Jazz DVD
WYNTERS, Gail: My Shining Hour Naxos Jazz
86027-2
Contemporary Jazz

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
COWARD, Noel: Mad About the Boy (1932-1943) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120623
Nostalgia
COWARD, Noel: Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1932-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120559
Nostalgia
CROOKS, Richard: Neapolitan Love Song (1924-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120639
Nostalgia
DAY, Doris: It's Magic (1947-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120669
Nostalgia
FIELDS, Gracie: Sing As We Go (1930-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120503
Nostalgia
KETELBEY: In a Persian Market (Ketelbey, Noble, Prentice, Geehl) (1917-1939) Naxos Historical
8.110848
Orchestral
LAUDER, Harry: Roamin' in the Gloamin' (1926-1930) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120751
Nostalgia
MAYERL, Billy: Billy Mayerl, Vol. 1 (1925-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120653
Nostalgia
NOVELLO, Ivor: Shine Through My Dreams (1917-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120600
Nostalgia
PORTER, Cole: But in the Morning, No (1930-1943) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120627
Nostalgia
ROBESON, Paul: Roll Away Clouds (1928-1937) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120543
Nostalgia
RODGERS, Richard: Easy to Remember - Songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (1925-1946) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120830
Nostalgia
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Drifting and Dreaming (1934-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120579
Jazz
ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
Nostalgia





 
 
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