LATEST UPDATES:
The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia (“The Collector’s Guide”): latest version: December 2, 2017 (size ca. 12 MB, 250 pages) Concert Programs: October 11, 2017 mp3 Downloads: [original albums with new artwork]: December 12, 2017 [compilations]: December 12, 2017 [original albums with original artwork]: Nov. 9, 2017 Posters: October 20, 2017
WISHING ALL RAY CONNIFF FANS AROUND THE GLOBE A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL 2017!
Click the album cover for HAPPINESS! (Thanks to Jorge Carpes for this clip.)
January 8, 2017:
It is with sadness that I have to inform you that on New Year’s Day, one of Ray’s most ardent fans, my dear friend Michael Leach passed away. He was listening to Ray Conniff's '20 Greatest Hits' at the time. His health had deteriorated rapidly in the past weeks and, after a short period in hospital, he returned home for 'end of life care'.  It was a great comfort to his family that he was able to spend his final hours in his own bed with members of the family at his side. Michael attended many of Ray’s concerts and also his 80th birthday party in Hollywood. He once showed him around in Stratford-Upon-Avon. In order to pay homage to this wonderful person, I reproduced his report of his trip to Brazil in 1998 as featured in “’s Conniff #4/1998”. Mike will be sadly missed.
January 23, 2017:
HARD TO FIND JUKEBOX CLASSICS: THE 50s features 31 tracks in true STEREO. Conniff aficionados will be delighted to find three of the backings Ray did for Johnny Mathis on this CD: WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! IT’S NOT FOR ME TO SAY THE TWELFTH OF NEVER
February 14, 2017:
The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia revised: The Big Band Years, part 1: composers and more details added. If you find an entry saying “composer unknown” and can provide details, please contact me. Thank you!
February 23, 2017:
An interview with Ray Conniff by Wink Martindale (about 40 minutes) can be downloaded as an audiobook by clicking on the picture on the left. To me, it has been unknown so far. Enjoy! Some statements by Ray concerning Johnny Mathis and his recording of “The welfth of Never” are also included in another Wink Martindale interview (36 min). These audio books are available from Amazon worldwide.
April 1/4, 2017 May 4/5, 2017:
Available from April 7/14, 2017: THE PERFECT ‘TEN’ CLASSICS / TV THEMES as downloadable albums from Columbia/Legacy. “Classics” features ELEVEN tracks, like the CD release on the Collectables label in 2008. “Excerpts from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata” counts as a bonus track. In Europe, it replaced “Ravel’s Bolero” because of copyright reasons when the album was released in Europe . Other official releases from Columbia/Legacy include RHAPSODY IN RHYTHM, CONCERT IN STEREO (LIVE AT THE SAHARA/TAHOE), CONCERT IN RHYTHM, VOL. II, THE NASHVILLE CONNECTION (with bonus tracks) and DANCE THE BOP!*, HOLLYWOOD IN RHYTHM* and AFTER THE LOVIN’* As for original albums with original artwork, click here. (*To be released May 12)
This is our new representative for the United Kingdom: Steve Clark 36 Spinney Road BARNWOOD Gloucester Glos. GL 4 3 YX If you want to send him an email, just click on his photograph. Thanks, Steve, for filling in for Mike, who passed away earlier this year.
June 1, 2017:
June 7, 2017:
Last week Doug found a 1991 radio show hosted by Ray, titled AMERICA’S BALLROOM. It was distributed on two Lps with program notes. Clemens kindly edited the two hour show, de-clicked the sound and eliminated background noise. Ken added some tracks to the end of the 80 minute special and put in some transitional jingles between segments so it's 90 minutes. It will be on HUMBOLDT 101 on Saturday, June 10th at 4:00 p.m. PT and again Sunday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. - that’s 1 a.m. and 7 p.m. central European time (UK: Midnight and 6 p.m.). Enjoy! (Note: Ken added “They Way You Look Tonight”, “June Night”, “Around the World”, and “For the Good Times” (take 6). WATCH THIS SPACE for more shows with Ray on Humboldt 101!
Click on the loudspeaker symbol below to listen to the promo jingle of the programme.
June 13, 2017:
HUMBOLDT 101 will feature more radio shows with DJ Ray. The series will air on consecutive Sundays at 10 a.m. Pacific Time - that’s 7 p.m. central European time (UK: 6 p.m.). It will start this Sunday, June 18. These radio shows are from 1990. Every program is 60 minutes and will be aired twice. Listen as Ray Conniff plays his hand-picked selection of music from his own repertoire to Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Harry Belafonte, Hugo Winterhalter, Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra, Fats Domino, Doris Day, Eileen Rodgers, Debbie Reynolds, The Everly Brothers, Marty Robbins, Count Basie, Harry James and many others. Airs through August 6.
Click on the loudspeaker symbol below to listen to the promo jingle of the programmes.
July 1, 2017:
Ray Conniff Memorial Concert to feature 17-piece big band ATTLEBORO — A free performance by a 17-piece big band, the fabulous Dan Gabel and The Abletones, will climax a tribute to the centennial of Attleboro music legend Ray Conniff on Sunday, July 16 at Capron Park. More…
Total website visits since August 1, 2011:
Please note that Jorge Iório’s Lyrics Page moved to a new address. The page still needs a couple of minor corrections, notably lyrics in other languages than English which have special letters, such as ã, ñ or ö. Jorge is currently working on this matter. He added transcriptions of the Russian (Cyrillic) lyrics in Roman letters so that you can sing along. Thanks a lot, Jorge, for your efforts! Please access the new site via links from this page. I will have to update the links on most subpages still. Note: Jorge’s page has been appropriately re-titled (”The Ray Conniff Songs and Lyrics Page”), because soon you will not only find the lyrics of Ray’s songs there, but you can listen to the songs as well.
August 26/ September 18, 2017:
Featured in Cashbox, February 1, 1964
September 21, 2017:
Click here for a selection of full page advertisements for Ray Conniff’s records, featured e.g. in Billboard and Cashbox. On the left: One of the latest additions. Many more will be uploaded soon.
September 25, 2017:
One of these original tote bags would be the first prize for the winner of the traditional Ray Conniff Quiz during the next Ray Conniff Fan Convention - if there is one, that is. Volunteers, where are you?
October 4, 2017:
NEW SUBPAGE: Promo material (flyers, leaflets, cards)
Today, 15 years ago, Ray Conniff passed away. Time to remember him by listening to a radio show from 1971.
October 12, 2017:
October 26, 2017:
On Monday, November 6, Ray Conniff would have been 101. In order to pay homage to him, internet radio station Humboldt101 will be RAYCONNIFF101 during the preceding weekend. Tune in, listen and enjoy!
November 6, 2017:
In order to pay homage to Ray on his 101st birthday, click here for a slide show of 101 album covers.
Click on the cover scan of Ray Conniff’s 4th Christmas album to listen to Christmas greetings from Ray (recorded in 1962).
December 2, 2017:
Dutton Vocalion is now accepting pre-orders for two more Ray Conniff SACDs (4 quad albums). Please click on the cover scans for details.
’S WONDERFUL! The Ray Conniff Page  
LATEST UPDATES:
mp3 Downloads: [compilations]: December 12, 2017, [original albums with new artwork]: December 12, 2017; [original albums with original artwork]: Nov. 9, 2017 Concert Programs: Oct. 11, 2017 The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia (formerly titled “The Collector’s Guide”): December 2, 2017 (size now ca. 12,5 MB) 
Mobile/cell phone users please go to http://mthoenicke.magix.net/public/conniff/index.htm, rather than www.rayconniff.com, if links do not work .
HARD TO FIND JUKEBOX CLASSICS: THE 50s features 31 tracks in true STEREO. Conniff aficionados will be delighted to find three of the backings Ray did for Johnny Mathis on this CD: WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL! IT’S NOT FOR ME TO SAY THE TWELFTH OF NEVER (Item added January 23, 2017)
February 14, 2017: The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia revised: The Big Band Years, part 1: composers and more details added. If you find an entry saying “composer unknown” and can provide details, please contact me. Thank you!
Feb. 23,2017: An interview with Ray Conniff by Wink Martindale (about 40 minutes) can be downloaded as an audiobook by clicking on the picture on the left. To me, it has been unknown so far. Enjoy! Some statements by Ray concerning Johnny Mathis and his recording of “The welfth of Never” are also included in another Wink Martindale interview (36 min). These audio books are available from Amazon worldwide.
Available from April 7/14, 2017: THE PERFECT ‘TEN’ CLASSICS / TV THEMES as downloadable albums from Columbia/Legacy. “Classics” featurs ELEVEN tracks, like the CD release on the Collectables label in 2008. “Excerpts from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata” counts as a bonus track. In Europe, it replaced “Ravel’s Bolero” because of copyright reasons when the album was released in Europe . Other recent official releases from Columbia/Legacy include RHAPSODY IN RHYTHM, CONCERT IN STEREO (LIVE AT THE SAHARA/TAHOE), CONCERT IN RHYTHM VOL. II, THE NASHVILLE CONNECTION (with bonus tracks), HOLLYWOOD IN RHYTHM, AFTER THE LOVIN’ and DANCE THE BOP! As for original albums with original artwork, click here.
June 1, 2017: This is our new representative for the United Kingdom: Steve Clark 36 Spinney Road BARNWOOD Gloucester Glos. GL 4 3 YX If you want to send him an email, just click on his photograph. Thanks, Steve, for filling in for Mike, who passed away earlier this year.
June 7, 2017: Last week Doug found a 1991 radio show hosted by Ray, titled AMERICA’S BALLROOM. It was distributed on two Lps with program notes. Clemens kindly edited the two hour show, de-clicked the sound and eliminated background noise. Ken added some tracks to the end of the 80 minute special and put in some transitional jingles between segments so it's 90 minutes. It will be on HUMBOLDT 101 on Saturday, June 10th at 4:00 p.m. PT and again Sunday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. - that’s 1 a.m. and 7 p.m. central European time (UK: Midnight and 6 p.m.). Enjoy!
June 13, 2017: HUMBOLDT 101 will feature more radio shows with DJ Ray. The series will air on consecutive Sundays at 10 a.m. Pacific Time - that’s 7 p.m. central European time (UK: 6 p.m.). It will start this Sunday, June 18. These radio shows are from 1990. Every program is 60 minutes and will be aired twice. Listen as Ray Conniff plays his hand-picked selection of music from his own repertoire to Johnny Mathis and Harry James. Airs through August 6.
July 1, 2017: Ray Conniff Memorial Concert to feature 17-piece big band ATTLEBORO — A free performance by a 17-piece big band, the fabulous Dan Gabel and The Abletones, will climax a tribute to the centennial of Attleboro music legend Ray Conniff on Sunday, July 16 at Capron Park. More…
Total website visits since August 1, 2011:
September 21, 2017: Click here for a selection of full page advertisements for Ray Conniff’s records, featured e.g. in Billboard and Cashbox. On the right: One of the latest additions.
Featured in Cashbox, February 1, 1964
October 4, 2017: NEW SUBPAGE: Promo material (flyers, leaflets, cards)
October 12, 2017: Today, 15 years ago, Ray Conniff passed away. Time to remember him by listening to a radio show from 1971 at http://podbay.fm/show/107142034/e/1256695200?autosta rt=1
October 26, 2017:
On Monday, November 6, Ray Conniff would have been 101. In order to pay homage to him, internet radio station Humboldt101 will be RAYCONNIFF101 during the preceding weekend. Tune in, listen and enjoy!
November 6, 2017:
In order to pay homage to Ray on his 101st birthday, click here for a slide show of 101 album covers.
Click on the cover scan of Ray Conniff’s 4th Christmas album to listen to Christmas greetings from Ray (recorded in 1962).
December 2, 2017: Dutton Vocalion is now accepting pre-orders for two more Ray Conniff SACDs (4 quad albums). Please click on the cover scans for details.
’S WONDERFUL! The Ray Conniff Page