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Joseph Raymond Conniff November 6, — October 12, was an American bandleader and arranger best known for his Ray Conniff Singers during the s. Conniff was born in Attleboro, MassachusettsUnited States,  and learned to play the trombone from his father.
He studied music arranging from a course book. After serving in the U. In these early years he produced similar-sounding records for Columbia's Epic label Ray Conniff - Hollywood In Rhythm the name of Jay Raye which stood for "Joseph Raymond" amongst them a backing album and singles with Somethin' Smith and the Redheadsan American male vocal group.
He also was the first American popular artist to Ray Conniff - Hollywood In Rhythm in Russia —in he recorded Ray Conniff in Moscow with the help of a local choir.
In Brazil and Chile he was treated like a young pop superstar in the s and s when he was in his seventies and eighties. Conniff commented, "One time I was recording an album with Mitch Miller - we had a big band and a small choir. I decided to have the choir sing along with the big band using wordless lyrics. The women were doubled with the trumpets and the men were doubled with the trombones. In the booth Mitch was totally surprised and excited at how well it worked.
It was an experiment by one of the brass at Columbia to cash in on a conceived dance step creation, but from the outset, Conniff disliked it. When it sold poorly, he had it withdrawn from the market. The lyrics of the album's title selection were written to the music of " Lara's Theme " from the film Doctor Zhivagoand the result was a top 10 single in the US.
The album reached the US top 20 and went platinum, and Conniff won a Grammy. The single and album also reached high positions in the international charts a. Musically different highlights in Conniff's career are two albums he produced in cooperation with Billy Butterfieldan old friend from earlier swing days.
Conniff Meets Butterfield featured Butterfield's solo trumpet and a small rhythm group; Just Kiddin' Around after a Conniff original composition from the sreleasedfeatured Ray Conniff - Hollywood In Rhythm trombone solos by Ray himself. Both albums are pure light jazz and did not feature any vocals. Conniff recorded in New York from —61, and mainly in Los Angeles from through Later in the s he produced an average of two instrumental and one vocal album a year. Conniff sold about 70 million albums worldwide, and continued recording and performing until his death in His Ray Conniff - Hollywood In Rhythm marker bears a musical score with the first four notes of "Somewhere My Love".
Conniff left his wife, Vera; a daughter, Tamara Conniff; and three grandchildren. His son, Jimmy Conniff, died in Ina memorial two-CD compilation set, The Essential Ray Conniff, was released, featuring many rare and previously unreleased tracks.
The Singles Collection, Vol. These collections feature rare singles and previously unissued tracks. His music is also featured prominently in the movie There's Something About Mary. From throughmembership in the Ray Conniff Singers included: .
Bass and Baritone. Ray Conniff was one of the most successful easy listening artists on the Billboard magazine album chart, placing 30 albums on their Billboard Hot charts to The group went on to record over 90 albums. A special version of the song "Happiness Is" was recorded for use in a TV commercial for Kent cigarettes, prior to the ban on TV advertising of tobacco products. Since many radio Ray Conniff - Hollywood In Rhythm in the US adopt a format change to Christmas music each December, many holiday hits have an annual spike in popularity during the last few weeks of the year and are retired once the season is over.
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