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DON RAYE  

(1909 - 1985)

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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Choral - Secular
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Choral - Secular, Contemporary Jazz
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Vocal
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Choral - Secular
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8.120765
Jazz
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Choral - Secular
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PCD144
Contemporary Jazz
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Choral - Secular
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75442262452
Choral - Secular
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75442253432
Choral - Secular
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75442260042
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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75442255562
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: United States Air Force 40th Anniversary Altissimo
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
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75442270132
Vocal
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75442262052
Contemporary Jazz
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75442270012
Contemporary Jazz
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75442255932
Vocal Ensemble
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75442219822
Choral - Secular
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Choral - Secular
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75442272022
Contemporary Jazz
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Choral - Secular




 
 
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