To be released in January 2016: A 2 CD set titled “The Music of Ray Conniff”. It features 50 selections from ’S WONDERFUL (10), the complete MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS-album, the complete BROADWAY IN RHYTHM-album, CONCERT IN RHYTHM (5), ’S MARVELOUS (10), and “Midnight Lace, Part 1”, from HAPPINESS IS: Disc # 1:'s Wonderful / Memories Are Made Of This / Dancing In The Dark / I Get A Kick Out Of You / Love Letters In The Sand / Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' / September Song / Bali Ha'i / Three Coins In The Fountain / Rhapsody In Blue / In The Still Of The Night / The Surrey With The Fringe On Top / Hello, Young Lovers / Moonlight Serenade / Someone To Watch Over Me / Around The World / That Old Black Magic / The Way You Look Tonight / Theme From Romeo And Juliet / I'm An Old Cow Hand / I Hear A Rhapsody / On The Street Where You Live / You Do Something To Me / My Foolish Heart / Young Love Disc # 2: Midnight Lace, Part 1 / I'm Always Chasing Rainbows / Love Me Tender / Some Enchanted Evening / Tammy / Oklahoma! / Unchained Melody /  I Could Have Danced All Night & I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face / Begin The Beguine / No Other Love / People Will Say We're In Love / They Can't Take That Away From Me / Sentimental Journey / As Time Goes By / Sometimes I'm Happy / I've Told Every Little Star / Younger Than Springtime / A Wonderful Guy / Where Or When / Moments To Remember / Getting To Know You & I Whistle A Happy Tune / Stardust / Theme From Grand Canyon Suite /  Only You / Early Evening
Your Christmas gift: Download your Ray Conniff ringtone for your mobile/cell phone by clicking here.
Ray Conniff’s "Happiness Is Music" from Yokohama 1991 (Christmas Concert) ran on Internet radio station Humboldt 101 from Eureka, California, on Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, that’s 1900 hours Continental European Time  It was 1:45 in length, uninterrupted. Thanks a lot, Ken!
“The Jo Stafford Collection 1939-62” will be released in December. It is a 4 CD set from the Acrobat label (UK) which also released “The Ray Conniff Collection 1938-62” last year. Ray Conniff is given credit on its cover, although the set only features one track backed by him, “On London Bridge”. Please note that on some websites Ray’s name is also given for track No. 19 on CD No. 4 (”Paris in the Spring”), but this is not true. Ray only did one other track with Stafford, titled “Wind in the Willows”. By the way, if you are interested in a review of the Ray Conniff Collection, please click here.
“Big Band Swing with Ray Conniff” is the title of a new CD released in the UK on December 11, 2015 (Germany: Dec. 18). It features all the tracks of Ray Conniff’s first album “’s Wonderful!” Left: First draft of the CD cover, right: the final version.
100 YEARS OF RAY CONNIFF
For details of accommodation please click here.
In 2016, we’ll be celebrating
Here is a lovely photo taken by Laurie Sue Conniff during Tamara’s bridal shower on November 7, 2015, showing Tamara, Vera and Greyson Ray. Thank you so much, Laurie Sue. It is great to see them all so well and happy. Click on the photograph for enlargement.
Pushed back to 2016: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" (limited edition 180gm white vinyl, with gatefold cover, from Friday Music)
The Ray Conniff Christmas Show “Here We Come A-Caroling” will be on the air again this year - at least in the States. Check out your local public television stations for details. Click on the scan on the right for the teaser (as shown on SOPTV) with Tamara and more. I’ll try to publicize broadcast times and channels as soon as I have details.
Thanks to the wonderful people at the Vaughn Monroe Society I was able to update the Big Band parts of my Ray Conniff Encoclopedia with information I had not had before. So far, I have not had any entries concerning 1949, and due to their help I could add details of the recordings of the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra in the early ‘40s as well, when Ray played trombone in Monroe’s band. That is why the Encoclopedia now consists of a total of 228 pages. Just click on the website scan on the right to visit that excellent website devoted to Vaughn Monroe. Again, thanks a million, Claire!
Two great people, whose birthday is on November 6: Ray Conniff and long-time fan Len Morris. Today, Ray would have celebrated his 99th birthday. This photograph was taken at the Fan Club Party in London (1966). Let’s give three cheers to both of them!
INTERVIEW WITH RAY NOW ON YOUTUBE Click on Ray’s picture on the left for an interview with Ray, recorded at the Steigenberger Hotel in Berlin on November 8, 1986. Filmed and visual effects added by Clemens Krauss. Enjoy!
June 13, 2015: JILL COREY This is a recommendation for all die-hard collectors of Ray Conniff’s recordings, who also want his backings and arrangements for other artists on compact disc: the British Jasmine label released a double CD featuring the singles by Jill Corey. Ray’s arrangements of “Look! Look!” and “Nobody’s Heart” are included. ((Note: This set features the correct version of Jill Corey’s recording of “Nobody’s Heart” with Ray, not the version released on “The Ray Conniff Collection 1938-62”.) Click ont the cover scan for more details.
Today I got a message from Robert Corne in the UK. He wrote, “I thought you might be interested to hear that Halfords Bike shops are using Ray's version of Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head for their current tv advert.” Click on the screenshot on the left to watch and listen.
THE RAY CONNIFF HI-FI COMPANION was one of Ray Conniff’s first compilation albums in the early 60s. It was tremendously popular in the UK, where it was released on the Philips label. Its 24 tracks were taken from the early albums ‘s Marvelous, Hollywood in Rhythm, Broadway in Rhythm, Concert in Rhythm Vol. II, Young at Heart and ‘s Awful Nice. Due to popular demand, the 2 LP set was re-released on the CBS label with different cover artwork a couple of years later with only 23 tracks. Since 2011, “The Ray Conniff Hi-Fi Companion” has been available as an mp3 downloadable album from Amazon. On September 18, 2015 it will be released on compact disc in the UK (September 25 in Germany) with the original cover photo on the Cherry Red Records label. Click on the cover scan on the left to read how it is advertised. You will see that this compilation features five extra tracks. They are as follows: “Volare” (from “The Happy Beat”), “Deep Purple”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Night and Day” (from “Say It With Music”) and “My Reverie” (from “Concert in Rhythm”).
In order to celebrate “100 YEARS OF RAY CONNIFF”, the next Ray Conniff Fan Convention is to take place in Hamburg, Germany. The date and more details on this subject will be revealed here soon.
“The Collector’s Guide to the Works of Ray Conniff” renamed “THE RAY CONNIFF ENCYCLOPEDIA”, as it now features lots of pictures and links to liner notes, lyrics, video collages, original videos and more. Click here to study or download all of its 224 pages. This is a “searchable” pdf-file, i.e. you can look up e.g. song titles and artists’ names by using the Ctrl+F-function of your computer. Depending on your browser or pdf-software, you can make use of the bookmark function, i.e. you can jump from chapter to chapter. Links to video collages and clips etc. are constantly being added. File size is now 21+ MB. As of Oct. 22, I completed revision of all parts best I could. Any additions / corrections are welcome!
If you have a Facebook account, you should visit this new group page, titled “THE RAY CONNIFF LEGACY”. The administrators are Jorge Carpes and Rodrigo Conink. Jorge’s introduction reads as follows: “This group is dedicated to the music and memory of Ray Conniff, a great musician and above all an innovator who left his unmistakable style in the history of music. You're welcome here as a member to enjoy the fantastic Ray Conniff sound!” Just click on Ray’s picture on the left or the Facebook logo below to visit that page, enjoy tons of great photographs, original videos, video collages and much more.
THE RAY CONNIFF FAN CONVENTION IN ESSEN AND DÜSSELDORF took place from September 4 to 6. For a short report, photographs and this year’s “Ray Conniff Quiz” click here. …and here for more photographs.
THE NEW COLLECTOR’S GUIDE now completely revised! (August 6:) Done! Part 4 of “The Collector’s Guide to the Works of Ray Conniff” now contains names of lyricists and composers as well as timings and further details. During the process of revision I discovered some errors, but also found some collector’s items on the internet, such as arrangements Ray Conniff wrote for Eddie Safranski, Bill Hayes and others. If you discover any typos or have any more information, please le me know. Thank you. Sooner or later all parts of the Collector’s Guide will have composers and lyricists etc. listed. Thanks to Igor and Serge for their assistance! On August 18, I received a long list of additions and corrections from Alfredo I. (Maine). Very much appreciated!
A TRUE COLLECTOR’S ITEM Friday Music along with Sony Music Entertainment will be releasing on 180 Gram Audiophile WHITE Vinyl  Ray Conniff & The Ray Conniff Singers’ “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” this November.  The album cover will be a gatefold cover with two rare photos of Ray, plus a suitable for framing insert will also be a part of the exclusive vinyl release. There will be a link on their website (www.fridaymusic.com) soon so that fans can pre-order copies. This news comes as quite a surprise. Although a Ray Conniff compilation LP was released in Mexico in April last year, it has been nearly 25 years since Ray Conniff appeared on vinyl in the USA (the 1990 album "Ray Conniff Plays Broadway"). The prices given on Amazon websites are US $ 31.98, £ 41.99 and € 56,21. At jpc.de the price given is € 36,99. Release date is set for November 6 (Ray’s birthday) in the USA; November 20, 2015 in the UK and in Germany. PLEASE SEE ENTRY ABOVE (NOVEMBER 10)!
Please note that I do not have a Ray Conniff Page on Facebook (FB), nor did I launch those two Ray Conniff Groups on FB. one of them is titled “The Ray Conniff Singers Facebook Fan Group”, run by Jeanette Parks. If you are a FB member and want to communicate with other fans, just click on the link in the menu (”useful links”) above. Apart from the original clips I uploaded to YouTube, Jorge Carpes created many beautiful ones, featuring song-related pictures as well as some of Ray, his family, fans etc. Watch and listen by clicking here. A click on the YouTube in the above menu leads you to the general “search” option for Ray Conniff clips.
March 24, 2015: THE INTERVIEW “MY SOUND” plus “SO MUCH IN LOVE” For the first time, a downloadable album contains an interview with Ray Conniff. Ray talks about his recording of Don Cherry’s “Band of Gold” and how he created his sound for wordless chorus and orchestra. The downloadable-only album also contains the above “Band of Gold” and Ray’s first recordings with his orchestra and chorus, “Begin the Beguine” and “Stardust” - as well as “Stardust” performed by Artie Shaw and his Orchestra (note: To my knowledge, Ray Conniff never arranged “Stardust” for Artie Shaw, nor was he in the band when Artie Shaw recorded it), and Harry James’ recording of “September Song” that Ray arranged and later recorded with his own orchestra for the “’s Wonderful!”-album. The remaining six tracks are from “So Much in Love” - a wonderful album by The Ray Conniff Singers. But how appropriate is this choice when Ray talks about the creation of his sound with a wordless chorus? One of his early instrumental albums would have been more fitting to my mind. Anyway, the album features songs Ray mentioned in the interview which was taped in London on Sept. 26, 1973. (13:41) Released on March 30, 2015.
March 20, 2015: During the end credits of the new Will Smith movie “Focus”, Ray Conniff’s version of “The Windmills of Your Mind” from his album “Jean” (1969) is featured (second song). It is not included in the soundtrack album, though. Click on the picture on the right to listen.
If you accessed this page using “rayconniff.com” and found that some of the links do not work properly, please copy this URL: “http://mthoenicke.magix.net/public/conniff/index.htm” and paste it into the address bar of your browser.
This website incorporates many pages of Doug Mitchell’s official Ray Conniff Page (www.rayconniff.info), such as the list of original albums, compilations, Ray’s biography etc. In order to get back from Doug’s pages to this website, please use the BACK button of your browser.
Re Backings: I guess I was inspired by the list of backings by Ray Conniff featured on the forthcoming 4 CD set below to check which ones have not yet seen the light of day, which ones were released with wrong information on the label etc. If you are an ardent collector and would like to see my findings, please click here. Additions would be welcome.
Released in the UK on March 9, 2015 (other countries: see note!) on the Acrobat Music label, a 4 CD set titled The Ray Conniff Collection 1938-62 Catalogue Number: ACQCD7086 This is how the set is advertised: Ray Conniff became one of the biggest stars of easy listening music as a bandleader and conductor during the 1960s and beyond, but his career began in the late’30s as a trombonist with Bunny Berigan, before joining Artie Shaw as trombonist and arranger in the early ‘40s. His career blossomed after he joined Columbia Records, working as an arranger and conductor with a remarkable array of top names over the years, from bandleaders like Harry James to the great singers of the day in Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Johnnie Ray, Marty Robbins and Don Cherry, as well as recording his own work under the name of Jaye Raye. Along the way, he invented his innovative style of integrating a vocal chorus with his orchestral arrangements, which encouraged Columbia’s Mitch Miller to begin what became a hugely successful series of LPs recorded under Conniff’s own name beginning in 1957, which established his trademark sound. This great value 113- track 4-CD set traces the first quarter-century of his career from his recording debut in 1938 through to the early ‘60s. It’s a highly entertaining overview of the work of one of the illustrious names of popular music in the post-war era.    
For track details click here. If you want to learn about my correspondence with the record company concerning this 4 CD boxed set, please click here.
Reminder: This year, Ray Conniff Fans meet in Essen, Germany. If you are interested in attending the 2015 Ray Conniff Fan Convention from September 4 to 6, please click here for details concerning accommodation.
For last year’s news go to “Archived News 2014”. Thank you.
Total website visits since August 1, 2011:
January 30 / March 13/20, 2015:
February 11, 2015:
February 14, 2015 / March 7, 2015:  Release dates  for the Continent of Europe: March 27, 2015, USA: May 5, 2015
March 20, 2015:
March 24, 2015:
April 13, 2015:
’S WONDERFUL! The Ray Conniff Page                                             
April 28, 2015:
April 28, 2015: THE NAME LIVES ON! WELCOME, GREYSON RAY CONNIFF! CONGRATULATIONS, TAMARA AND KEVIN! Kevin DaProza wrote on his Facebook Page: My son. Greyson Ray Conniff Da Proza, 6 3/4 lbs. Dark hair and blue eyes. Mom and baby are healthy. Grateful and blessed. Visit both Tamara and Kevin’s FB pages to watch more photographs taken in hospital on April 27. Congratulations to proud grandma Vera, too.  
June 13, 2015:
June 16, 2015:
June 27, 2015 / July 30, 2015:
August 6 / 18 / 29, 2015:
...and here is another commercial with the music of Ray Conniff: I t’s a TV commercial for the '57 Ford, Guy Mitchell singing, Ray Conniff and his Orchestra and Chorus backing. The recording was made on November 16, 1956. The lyrics of "Singing the Blues" were altered as follows: "Well, I never felt more like singing hooray, just drove a new Ford and I'm here to say it's all new, it's a new kind of Ford […]". Guy Mitchell and Mitch Miller both received a Ford Thunderbird for doing this commercial. “Singing the Blues” was still in the charts when this commercial aired. Just click on the screenshot to watch the one minute commercial. (They also did a 20 second radio spot.) I found this accidentally during the revision of my Collector’s Guide to the Works of Ray Conniff.
August 6, 2015:
August 26 / September 9/25/ 27, 2015:
Greyson Ray Conniff DaProza (September 2015)
September 15 / October 12, 2015:
September 15, 2015:
September 23/25, October 14/22, 2015:
October 30, 2015:
November 6, 2015:
November 7, 2015:
November 10, 2015:
At long last, I can let you have first details of the Ray Conniff Fan Convention 2016. Due to many reasons, it cannot take place in September, as originally planned. The city, however, remains the same: Hamburg, Germany. Fans get together from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, 2016. We made reservations with a centrally located hotel near the central station, a few steps away from the shoppin arcades and Lake Alster. From now on you can book your room without any risk. Cancellations can be made until April 15, 2016. If you attend the convention, please let me know so that we can make reservations at restaurants, conference rooms etc. Thank you! Further details of activities planned will be revealed here soon.
November 14/25, 2015:
November 14, December 18/24, 2015:
November 29, 2015:
December 3, 2015:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Click here for Christmas greetings from Ray Conniff and here for Christmas greetings from Ray Conniff and the Singers (1962).
December 27, 2015:
Archived News 2015
Please note that I do not have a Ray Conniff Page on Facebook (FB), nor did I launch those two Ray Conniff Groups on FB. one of them is titled “The Ray Conniff Singers Facebook Fan Group”, run by Jeanette Parks. If you are a FB member and want to communicate with other fans, just click on the link in the menu (”useful links”) above. Apart from the original clips I uploaded to YouTube, Jorge Carpes created many beautiful ones, featuring song-related pictures as well as some of Ray, his family, fans etc. Watch and listen by clicking here. A click on the YouTube in the above menu leads you to the general “search” option for Ray Conniff clips.
March 24, 2015: THE INTERVIEW “MY SOUND” plus “SO MUCH IN LOVE” For the first time, a downloadable album contains an interview with Ray Conniff. Ray talks about his recording of Don Cherry’s “Band of Gold” and how he created his sound for wordless chorus and orchestra. The downloadable-only album also contains the above “Band of Gold” and Ray’s first recordings with his orchestra and chorus, “Begin the Beguine” and “Stardust” - as well as “Stardust” performed by Artie Shaw and his Orchestra (note: To my knowledge, Ray Conniff never arranged “Stardust” for Artie Shaw, nor was he in the band when Artie Shaw recorded it), and Harry James’ recording of “September Song” that Ray arranged and later recorded with his own orchestra for the “’s Wonderful!”-album. The remaining six tracks are from “So Much in Love” - a wonderful album by The Ray Conniff Singers. But how appropriate is this choice when Ray talks about the creation of his sound with a wordless chorus? One of his early instrumental albums would have been more fitting to my mind. Anyway, the album features songs Ray mentioned in the interview which was taped in London on Sept. 26, 1973. (13:41) Released on March 30, 2015.
March 20, 2015: During the end credits of the new Will Smith movie “Focus”, Ray Conniff’s version of “The Windmills of Your Mind” from his album “Jean” (1969) is featured (second song). It is not included in the soundtrack album, though. Click on the picture on the right to listen.
If you accessed this page using “rayconniff.com” and found that some of the links do not work properly, please copy this URL: “http://mthoenicke.magix.net/public/conniff/index.htm” and paste it into the address bar of your browser.
This website incorporates many pages of Doug Mitchell’s official Ray Conniff Page (www.rayconniff.info), such as the list of original albums, compilations, Ray’s biography etc. In order to get back from Doug’s pages to this website, please use the BACK button of your browser.
Re Backings: I guess I was inspired by the list of backings by Ray Conniff featured on the forthcoming 4 CD set below to check which ones have not yet seen the light of day, which ones were released with wrong information on the label etc. If you are an ardent collector and would like to see my findings, please click here. Additions would be welcome.
Released in the UK on March 9, 2015 (other countries: see note!) on the Acrobat Music label, a 4 CD set titled The Ray Conniff Collection 1938-62 Catalogue Number: ACQCD7086 This is how the set is advertised: Ray Conniff became one of the biggest stars of easy listening music as a bandleader and conductor during the 1960s and beyond, but his career began in the late’30s as a trombonist with Bunny Berigan, before joining Artie Shaw as trombonist and arranger in the early ‘40s. His career blossomed after he joined Columbia Records, working as an arranger and conductor with a remarkable array of top names over the years, from bandleaders like Harry James to the great singers of the day in Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Johnnie Ray, Marty Robbins and Don Cherry, as well as recording his own work under the name of Jaye Raye. Along the way, he invented his innovative style of integrating a vocal chorus with his orchestral arrangements, which encouraged Columbia’s Mitch Miller to begin what became a hugely successful series of LPs recorded under Conniff’s own name beginning in 1957, which established his trademark sound. This great value 113-track 4-CD set traces the first quarter- century of his career from his recording debut in 1938 through to the early ‘60s. It’s a highly entertaining overview of the work of one of the illustrious names of popular music in the post-war era.    
For track details click here. If you want to learn about my correspondence with the record company concerning this 4 CD boxed set, please click here.
Reminder: This year, Ray Conniff Fans meet in Essen, Germany. If you are interested in attending the 2015 Ray Conniff Fan Convention from September 4 to 6, please click here for details concerning accommodation.
For last year’s news go to “Archived News 2014”. Thank you.
Total website visits since August 1, 2011:
January 30 / March 13/20, 2015:
February 11, 2015:
February 14, 2015 / March 7, 2015: Release dates  for the Continent of Europe: March 27, 2015, USA: May 5, 2015
April 13, 2015:
April 28, 2015: THE NAME LIVES ON! WELCOME, GREYSON RAY CONNIFF! CONGRATULATIONS, TAMARA AND KEVIN! Kevin DaProza wrote on his Facebook Page: My son. Greyson Ray Conniff Da Proza, 6 3/4 lbs. Dark hair and blue eyes. Mom and baby are healthy. Grateful and blessed. Visit both Tamara and Kevin’s FB pages to watch more photographs taken in hospital on April 27. Congratulations to proud grandma Vera, too.  
June 13, 2015: JILL COREY This is a recommendation for all die-hard collectors of Ray Conniff’s recordings, who also want his backings and arrangements for other artists on compact disc: the British Jasmine label released a double CD featuring the singles by Jill Corey. Ray’s arrangements of “Look! Look!” and “Nobody’s Heart” are included. ((Note: This set features the correct version of Jill Corey’s recording of “Nobody’s Heart” with Ray, not the version released on “The Ray Conniff Collection 1938- 62”.) Click ont the cover scan for more details.
June 16, 2015: INTERVIEW WITH RAY NOW ON YOUTUBE Click on Ray’s picture for an interview with Ray, recorded at the Steigenberger Hotel in Berlin on November 8, 1986. Filmed and visual effects added by Clemens Krauss. Enjoy!
June 27, 2015: Today I got a message from Robert Corne in the UK. He wrote, “I thought you might be interested to hear that Halfords Bike shops are using Ray's version of Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head for their current tv advert.” Click on the screenshot below to watch and listen.
July 30, 2015: ...and here is another commercial with the music of Ray Conniff: I t’s a TV commercial for the '57 Ford, Guy Mitchell singing, Ray Conniff and his Orchestra and Chorus backing. The recording was made on November 16, 1956. The lyrics of "Singing the Blues" were altered as follows: "Well, I never felt more like singing hooray, just drove a new Ford and I'm here to say it's all new, it's a new kind of Ford […]". Guy Mitchell and Mitch Miller both received a Ford Thunderbird for doing this commercial. “Singing the Blues” was still in the charts when this commercial aired. Just click on the screenshot to watch the one minute commercial. (They also did a 20 second radio spot.) I found this accidentally during the revision of my Collector’s Guide to the Works of Ray Conniff.
August 6, 2015: THE RAY CONNIFF HI-FI COMPANION was one of Ray Conniff’s first compilation albums in the early 60s. It was tremendously popular in the UK, where it was released on the Philips label. Its 24 tracks were taken from the early albums ‘s Marvelous, Hollywood in Rhythm, Broadway in Rhythm, Concert in Rhythm Vol. II, Young at Heart and ‘s Awful Nice. Due to popular demand, the 2 LP set was re- released on the CBS label with different cover artwork a couple of years later with only 23 tracks. Since 2011, “The Ray Conniff Hi-Fi Companion” has been available as an mp3 downloadable album from Amazon. On September 18, 2015 it will be released on compact disc in the UK (September 25 in Germany) with the original cover photo on the Cherry Red Records label. Click on the cover scan on the left to read how it is advertised. You will see that this complikation features five extra tracks. They are as follows: “Volare” (from “The Happy Beat”), “Deep Purple”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Night and Day” (from “Say It With Music”) and “My Reverie” (from “Concert in Rhythm”).
Aug. 6/18/29, 2015: THE NEW COLLECTOR’S GUIDE now completely revised! Done! Part4  of “The Collector’s Guide to the Works of Ray Conniff” now contains names of lyricists and composers as well as timings and further details. During the process of revision I discovered some errors, but also found some collector’s items on the internet, such as arrangements Ray Conniff wrote for Eddie Safranski, Bill Hayes and others. If you discover any typos or have any more information, please let me know. Thank you. Thanks go to Igor,Serge and Alfredo I. (ME) for their assistance!
August 26 / Nov. 10, 2015: A TRUE COLLECTOR’S ITEM: Friday Music along with Sony Music Entertainment will be releasing on 180 Gram Audiophile WHITE Vinyl  Ray Conniff & The Ray Conniff Singers’ “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” this November. The album cover will be a gatefold cover with two rare photos of Ray, plus a suitable for framing insert will also be a part of the exclusive vinyl release. There will be a link on their website (www.fridaymusic.com) soon so that fans can pre-order copies. This news comes as quite a surprise. Although a Ray Conniff compilation LP was released in Mexico in April last year, it has been nearly 25 years since Ray Conniff appeared on vinyl in the USA (the 1990 album "Ray Conniff Plays Broadway"). The prices given on Amazon websites are US $ 31.98, GBP 41,99 and € 56,21. Release date is set for November 6 in the USA, Nov. 20, 2015 in Europe. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RELEASE WAS PUSHED BACK TO 2016!
September 15, 2015: THE RAY CONNIFF FAN CONVENTION IN ESSEN AND DÜSSELDORF took place from September 4 to 6. For a short report, photographs and this year’s “Ray Conniff Quiz” click here. …and here for more photographs.
September 23/25 / October 4/22, 2015: “The Collector’s Guide to the Works of Ray Conniff” renamed “THE RAY CONNIFF ENCYCLOPEDIA” as it now features lots of pictures and links to liner notes, lyrics, video collages, original videos and more. Click here to study or download all of its 224 pages (21+ MB)
October 30, 2015: If you have a Facebook account, you should visit this new group page, titled “THE RAY CONNIFF LEGACY”. The administrators are Jorge Carpes and Rodrigo Conink. Jorge’s introduction reads as follows: “This group is dedicated to the music and memory of Ray Conniff, a great musician and above all an innovator who left his unmistakable style in the history of music. You're welcome here as a member to enjoy the fantastic Ray Conniff sound!” Just click on the Facebook logo to visit that page, enjoy tons of great photographs, original videos, video collages and much more.
October 12, 2015: In order to celebrate “100 YEARS OF RAY CONNIFF”, the next Ray Conniff Fan Convention is to take place in Hamburg, Germany. The date and more details on this subject will be revealed here soon.
Thanks to the wonderful people at the Vaughn Monroe Society I was able to update the Big Band parts of my Ray Conniff Encoclopedia with information I had not had before. So far, I have not had any entries concerning 1949, and due to their help I could add details of the recordings of the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra in the early ‘40s as well, when Ray played trombone in Monroe’s band. That is why the Encoclopedia now consists of a total of 228 pages. Just click on the website scan on the right to visit that excellent website devoted to Vaughn Monroe. Again, thanks a million, Claire!
November 6, 2015: Two great people, whose birthday is today: Ray Conniff and long-time fan Len Morris. Today, Ray would have celebrated his 99th birthday. This photograph was taken at the Fan Club Party in London (1966). Let’s give three cheers to both of them!
Nov. 7, 2015: The Ray Conniff Christmas Show “Here We Come A-Caroling” will be on the air again this year - at least in the States. Check out your local public television stations for details. I’ll try to publicize broadcast times and channels as soon as I have details.
November 10, 2015: Here is a lovely photo taken by Laurie Sue Conniff during Tamara’s bridal shower on November 7, 2015, showing Tamara, Vera and Greyson Ray. Thank you so much, Laurie Sue. It is great to see them all so well and happy. Click on the photograph for enlargement.
At long last, I can let you have first details of the Ray Conniff Fan Convention 2016. Due to many reasons, it cannot take place in September, as originally planned. The city, however, remains the same: Hamburg, Germany. Fans get together from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, 2016. We made reservations with a centrally located hotel. From now you can make your booking. For details click here. Further details will follow soon.
100 YEARS OF RAY CONNIFF
To be released in the UK on December 11, 2015: (Germany: Dec. 18) a CD titled “Big Band Swing with Ray Conniff”. It features all the tracks of Ray’s first album “’s Wonderful!”.
November 14/25, 2015:
December 27, 2015: To be released in January 2016: A 2 CD set titled “The Music of Ray Conniff”. It features 50 selections from ’S WONDERFUL (10), the complete MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS-album, the complete BROADWAY IN RHYTHM-album, CONCERT IN RHYTHM (5), ’S MARVELOUS (10), and “Midnight Lace, Part 1”, from HAPPINESS IS: Disc # 1:'s Wonderful / Memories Are Made Of This / Dancing In The Dark / I Get A Kick Out Of You / Love Letters In The Sand / Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' / September Song / Bali Ha'i / Three Coins In The Fountain / Rhapsody In Blue / In The Still Of The Night / The Surrey With The Fringe On Top / Hello, Young Lovers / Moonlight Serenade / Someone To Watch Over Me / Around The World / That Old Black Magic / The Way You Look Tonight / Theme From Romeo And Juliet / I'm An Old Cow Hand / I Hear A Rhapsody / On The Street Where You Live / You Do Something To Me / My Foolish Heart / Young Love Disc # 2: Midnight Lace, Part 1 / I'm Always Chasing Rainbows / Love Me Tender / Some Enchanted Evening / Tammy / Oklahoma! / Unchained Melody /  I Could Have Danced All Night & I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face / Begin The Beguine / No Other Love / People Will Say We're In Love / They Can't Take That Away From Me / Sentimental Journey / As Time Goes By / Sometimes I'm Happy / I've Told Every Little Star / Younger Than Springtime / A Wonderful Guy / Where Or When / Moments To Remember / Getting To Know You & I Whistle A Happy Tune / Stardust / Theme From Grand Canyon Suite /  Only You / Early Evening
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ARCHIVED NEWS (2015)
’S WONDERFUL! The Ray Conniff Page  
Your Christmas gift: Download your Ray Conniff ringtone for your mobile/cell phone by clicking here.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Click here for Christmas greetings from Ray Conniff and here for Christmas greetings from Ray Conniff and the Singers (1962).
December 3, 2015: Ray Conniff’s "Happiness Is Music" from Yokohama 1991 (Christmas Concert) will run on Internet radio station Humboldt 101 from Eureka, California, on Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, that’s 1900 hours Continental European Time  It's 1:45 in length, uninterrupted.