Ray Noble

Real Name:
Raymond Stanley Noble
Profile:
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

PLS CD424 Ray Noble - The Legendary Big Bands Series album art Ray Noble The Legendary Big Bands Series(CD, Album) Pulse (3) PLS CD424 UK 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EPBT3015 Ray Noble - This Is Ray Noble album art Ray Noble This Is Ray Noble(2x7", EP) RCA Victor EPBT3015 Canada Unknown 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

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
Ray Noble - Al Bowlly•Ray Noble album art Al Bowlly, Ray Noble Al Bowlly, Ray Noble - Al Bowlly•Ray Noble (Album, Comp) Monmouth Evergreen US 1969 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
MES-7039 Ray Noble - Volume 4 album art Ray Noble / Al Bowlly Ray Noble / Al Bowlly - Volume 4(LP, Comp) Monmouth Evergreen MES-7039 US 1972 Sell This Version
Ray Noble - The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 1 ) album art Ray Noble The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 1 ) (Comp) Encore!, Encore! 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
85/86 Ray Noble - The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band Era album art Ray Noble, Bob Zurke, Hudson-DeLange Orchestra, Fats Waller Ray Noble, Bob Zurke, Hudson-DeLange Orchestra, Fats Waller - The Greatest Recordings Of The Big Band Era(2xLP, Comp, Red) The Franklin Mint Record Society 85/86 US 1985 Sell This Version
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) Australasia 1986 Sell This Version
Ray Noble - Al Bowlly With Ray Noble 1931 To 1934 album art Al Bowlly, Ray Noble Al Bowlly, Ray Noble - Al Bowlly With Ray Noble 1931 To 1934 (Comp) BBC Records And Tapes UK 1987 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
none Ray Noble - Dinner Jazz album art Mel Tormé, Ray Noble, Duke Ellington, Red Norvo, Tommy Dorsey, Jerry Gray, Harry James (2), Doris Day Mel Tormé, Ray Noble, Duke Ellington, Red Norvo, Tommy Dorsey, Jerry Gray, Harry James (2), Doris Day - Dinner Jazz(CD-ROM, Comp, S/Edition) Soundies none 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
Ray Noble - Vol. 5 album art Ray Noble, Al Bowlly Ray Noble, Al Bowlly - Vol. 5 (Comp) Monmouth Evergreen, Monmouth Evergreen US Unknown Sell This Version
Ray Noble - Vol. II album art Ray Noble / Al Bowlly Ray Noble / Al Bowlly - Vol. II (Comp) Monmouth Evergreen US Unknown Sell This Version
MES 7027, MES/7027 Ray Noble - Volume 3 album art Ray Noble, Al Bowlly Ray Noble, Al Bowlly - Volume 3(LP, Comp) Monmouth Evergreen, Monmouth Evergreen MES 7027, MES/7027 US Unknown Sell This Version
MES/7056, MES 7056 Ray Noble - Volume 6 album art Ray Noble / Al Bowlly Ray Noble / Al Bowlly - Volume 6(LP, Comp) Monmouth Evergreen, Monmouth Evergreen MES/7056, MES 7056 US Unknown Sell This Version
ENC 160 Ray Noble - The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 2 ) With Al Bowlly album art Ray Noble The Ray Noble Story ( Vol. 2 ) With Al Bowlly(LP, Comp, Mono) Encore!, Encore! ENC 160 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SC-001 Ray Noble - My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes album art Ray Noble, Al Bowlly Ray Noble, Al Bowlly - My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes(LP, Comp) Second Chance Records (3) SC-001 US Unknown Sell This Version