Ray Noble

Real Name:
Raymond Stanley Noble
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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.
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Albums

B-1744 Ray Noble - Dance The Fox Trot Vol. 1 album art Dick Jurgens / Harry James (2) / Ray Noble / Sammy Kaye Dick Jurgens / Harry James (2) / Ray Noble / Sammy Kaye - Dance The Fox Trot Vol. 1(7", EP, Comp) Columbia B-1744 US Unknown Sell This Version
WBM-126 Ray Noble - "The Very Thought Of You" - 1939 Live Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Beverly Hills, CA. album art Ray Noble "The Very Thought Of You" - 1939 Live Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Beverly Hills, CA.(Cass) Wave-Band Music WBM-126 UK Unknown Sell This Version
JRC-1201 Ray Noble In 1939, Beverly Wolshire Hotel, Beverly Hillls, California 1939(LP, Album) JRC Inc. JRC-1201 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

B 4225 Ray Noble - Nola / Wherever You Are album art Raie Da Costa / Raie Da Costa And Ray Noble Raie Da Costa / Raie Da Costa And Ray Noble - Nola / Wherever You Are(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B 4225 UK 1932 Sell This Version
36647, 36648 Ray Noble - Мелодия / Все Мечты О Тебе album art Р. Альфорд*, Оркестр* / Р. Нобл*, Оркестр* и Вокальный анс.* Р. Альфорд*, Оркестр* / Р. Нобл*, Оркестр* и Вокальный анс.* - Мелодия / Все Мечты О Тебе(Shellac, 10", Mono) Апрелевский Завод, Апрелевский Завод 36647, 36648 USSR 1961 Sell This Version
24357 Ray Noble - Hang Out The Stars In Indiana / The Old Spinning Wheel album art Ray Noble, The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Ray Noble, The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra - Hang Out The Stars In Indiana / The Old Spinning Wheel(Shellac, 10") Victor 24357 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
283, 285 Ray Noble - Бабочки Под Дождем / Месяц Над Кентуки album art Рэй Нобль* Бабочки Под Дождем / Месяц Над Кентуки(Shellac, 10") SovSong, SovSong 283, 285 USSR Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

ALBUM 341, A-341 Ray Noble - Remember Waikiki (A Collection Of Hawaiian Songs) album art Ray Noble, Dick McIntire And His Harmony Hawaiians, Ray Kinney And His Hawaiians, Lani McIntire And His Hawaiians Ray Noble, Dick McIntire And His Harmony Hawaiians, Ray Kinney And His Hawaiians, Lani McIntire And His Hawaiians - Remember Waikiki (A Collection Of Hawaiian Songs)(5xShellac, 10", Album, Comp, RE, LA ) Decca, Decca ALBUM 341, A-341 US 1947 Sell This Version
LPM 536 Ray Noble - 16 Recordings By One Of The True Outstanding Dance Orchestras Of The Big Band Epoch album art Ray Noble 16 Recordings By One Of The True Outstanding Dance Orchestras Of The Big Band Epoch(LP, Comp, Mono) RCA LPM 536 US 1967 Sell This Version
MES/6816 Ray Noble - Al Bowlly•Ray Noble album art Al Bowlly, Ray Noble Al Bowlly, Ray Noble - Al Bowlly•Ray Noble (Album, Comp) Monmouth Evergreen MES/6816 US 1969 Sell This Version
MES/7039 Ray Noble - Volume 4 album art Ray Noble / Al Bowlly Ray Noble / Al Bowlly - Volume 4 (Comp) Monmouth Evergreen MES/7039 US 1972 Sell This Version
OEX-9710, OEX 9710 Ray Noble - Al Bowlly-Ray Noble album art Al Bowlly, Ray Noble Al Bowlly, Ray Noble - Al Bowlly-Ray Noble(LP, Comp, Mono) Columbia, Columbia OEX-9710, OEX 9710 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
3175 Ray Noble - The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 1 ) album art Ray Noble The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 1 ) (Comp) Encore!, Encore! 3175 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
MES/7070, MES 7070 Ray Noble - Encores album art Ray Noble Encores(LP, Comp) Monmouth Evergreen, Monmouth Evergreen MES/7070, MES 7070 US 1975 Sell This Version
TC - SH 1078224 Ray Noble - The HMV Sessions 1930-1934 album art Al Bowlly With Ray Noble Al Bowlly With Ray Noble - The HMV Sessions 1930-1934(Cass, Comp) World Records (6) TC - SH 1078224 UK 1984 Sell This Version
VPL 10465 Ray Noble - The Great Bands In Digital Stereo Series Vol 3 album art Ray Noble, Al Bowlly, Glenn Miller Ray Noble, Al Bowlly, Glenn Miller - The Great Bands In Digital Stereo Series Vol 3(LP, Comp, Rep) RCA Victor VPL 10465 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
L 38561 Ray Noble - Al Bowlly With Ray Noble 1931 To 1934 album art Al Bowlly With Ray Noble Al Bowlly With Ray Noble - Al Bowlly With Ray Noble 1931 To 1934 (Comp) ABC Records (3) L 38561 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
HQ 3024 Ray Noble - Flowers For Madame album art Al Bowlly, Ray Noble, Ronnie Munro & His Orchestra Al Bowlly, Ray Noble, Ronnie Munro & His Orchestra - Flowers For Madame(LP, Comp, Mono) Harlequin HQ 3024 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DCP-306D Ray Noble - The Marvelous Melodies Of Peter Mendoza album art Al Bowlly, Peter Mendoza, Roy Fox, Ray Noble Al Bowlly, Peter Mendoza, Roy Fox, Ray Noble - The Marvelous Melodies Of Peter Mendoza(CD, Comp) Diamond Cut Productions Ltd. DCP-306D USA & Canada 1998 Sell This Version
PLS CD424 Ray Noble - The Legendary Big Bands Series album art Ray Noble The Legendary Big Bands Series(CD, Comp) Pulse (3) PLS CD424 UK 2000 Sell This Version
TT601CD Ray Noble - Love Is The Sweetest Thing (36 Original Recordings 1931-1946) album art Ray Noble Love Is The Sweetest Thing (36 Original Recordings 1931-1946)(2xCD, Comp) Take Two Records TT601CD US 2002 Sell This Version
DCP-310D Ray Noble - Ray Noble Plays Ray Noble And Others album art Ray Noble Ray Noble Plays Ray Noble And Others(CD, Comp) Diamond Cut Productions DCP-310D USA & Canada 2003 Sell This Version
MES/7056, MES 7056 Ray Noble - Volume 6 album art Ray Noble / Al Bowlly Ray Noble / Al Bowlly - Volume 6 (Comp) Monmouth Evergreen, Monmouth Evergreen MES/7056, MES 7056 US Unknown Sell This Version
MES/7040, MES 7040 Ray Noble - Ray Noble / Al Bowlly - Vol. 5 album art Ray Noble, Al Bowlly Ray Noble, Al Bowlly - Ray Noble / Al Bowlly - Vol. 5 (Comp) Monmouth Evergreen, Monmouth Evergreen MES/7040, MES 7040 US Unknown Sell This Version
EPBT 3015 Ray Noble - This Is Ray Noble album art Ray Noble This Is Ray Noble(2x7", EP, Comp) RCA Victor EPBT 3015 Canada Unknown Sell This Version