LATEST UPDATES:
The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia (“The Collector’s Guide”): latest version: December 4, 2018 (revised periods: 1955 - 1977) Concert Programs: July 11, 2018 mp3 Downloads: [original albums with new artwork]: December 12, 2018 [compilations]: October 14, 2018 [original albums with original artwork]: Nov. 9, 2017 Compilation CDs (a selection): March 18, 2018 Promo material (flyers, promo cards): January 1, 2018
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.
December 18, 2017: Some fans received their copies early December. January 8, 2018: RELEASE DATE FOR GERMANY: January 19, 2018
For more information on SACDs featuring both Stereo and Multi- Channel sounds, please visit Doug’s Ray Conniff Page at www.rayconniff.info.
December 18, 2017:
Sony Mexico released a 3-CD set in their Tesoros de Colección series in November. The 42 song set sells for about US $6 in Mexico: CD1: 1 Besame Mucho 2 Lisbon Antigua 3 The Way You Look Tonight 4 The White Cliffs of Dover 5 Say It with Music 6 Feelings 7 Frenesi 8 Love Me Tender 9 Someone 10 Patricia, It’s Patricia 11 Strange Music 12 Tammy 13 Moments To Remember 14 Don't Cry for Me Argentina CD2: 1 Brazil 2 Stranger in Paradise 3 The Poor People of Paris 4 Memories Are Made of This 5 Memory 6 Paloma Blanca 7 Around the World 8 I've Got You Under My Skin 9 Early In The Morning 10 Lullaby of Birdland 11 Three Coins in the Fountain 12 's Wonderful 13 All I Have To Do Is Dream 14 The Continental* CD3: 1 Beyond the Sea 2 Tico-Tico 3 El Condor Pasa (If I Could) 4 Thanks for the Memory 5 Spanish Eyes 6 As Time Goes By 7 Red Roses For A Blue Lady 8 Something 9 Jamaica Farewell 10 The Whiffenpoof Song 11 Leaving On A Jet Plane 12 Sing 13 Kiss and Say Goodbye 14 September Song* (*not by Ray Conniff!)
For details please click here.
January 8, 2018:
On January 7, 2018, Tamara Conniff published this sad news on her Facebook page:
Johnny Mathis fans had to invest quite a sum in a 68 CD set in December 2017. Disk No. 67 (titled “Odds & Ends”) features a previously unreleased version of "Tea- cher, Teacher" with Ray Conniff, his Orche- stra and Chorus. The version most of us know was recorded with Ray Ellis and his Orchestra.
January 21, 2018:
March 17, 2018:
LO CLÁSICO DE RAY CONNIFF 3 CD set, 60 tracks; Mexico 2018 (SKU: 7509979082206) CD #1: Bésame Mucho / Brazil / Tico Tico / Too Young / Temptation / The Way You Look Tonight / Tammy / Memories Are Made Of This / Green Eyes / That Old Feeling / As Time Goes By / Young At Heart / Love Story / I Only Have Eyes For You / Young Love / I'm In The Mood For Love / All The Things You Are / You'll Never Know / Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / What The World Needs Now Is Love CD #2: Stranger In Paradise / Say It With Music / Only You / Three Coins In Fountain / It's Been A Long, Long Time / The Song from Moulin Rouge / Love Is A Many Splendored Thing / I’ll Be Seeing You / You're The Cream Of My Coffee / April In Paris / Somewhere My Love / Sentimental Journey / Dancing In The Dark / Night And Day / My Foolish Heart / Summertime / 's Wonderful / Greenfields / These Foolish Things / Unchained Melody CD #3: La Mer (Beyond The Sea) / I've Got You Under My Skin / The Continental / Around The World / The Green Leaves Of Summer / It Had To Be You / Lovely To Look At / The Very Thought Of You / If I Loved You / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / I Hear A Rhapsody / Love Me Tender / Lullaby Of Birland / Lisboa Antigua / No Other Love / Harbour Lights / Volare / Moonlight Serenade / Deep Purple / Say It Isn't So
June 9, 2018:
In early May I was granted permission by Tamara Conniff to examine her dad‘s diaries and tons of material, such as photographs, vídeos, audio tapes etc. All the information I collected will gradually go into The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia. Check it out often for updates, corrections, modifications etc.
Doug Mitchell, Warren Pischke, Greyson Ray and Kevin DaProza, Tamara Conniff-DaProza, Manfred Thönicke, Ken Conlin, Perry and Tricia La Marca
One of my findings was a 27 page promo set for Ray Conniff‘s 1963 West Coast Tour. Click here or on the scan on the left to study it.
July 11, 2018:
A „West Coast Convention“ in May 2018 in the garden of Kevin and Tamara‘s home.
September 3, 2018:
For exciting news please click on the photograph on the left. It shows Rick Gerber, conductor of one of the Glenn Miller orchestras and Ray‘s daughter Tamara. I had the honour of meeting Rick at Tamara's home in early May, and they both excitedly told me about the forthcoming project, but I did not intend to reveal anything about it until I knew it would materialise. And here is more great news: You will be pleased to know that Rick is preparing a "new" Christmas song that he plans to release about October 1 to select radio stations as "recorded by The New Ray Conniff Orchestra & Singers". He has been working with an arranger from Springfield and they completed all recording of the instrumental big band in July and will be adding the vocal group parts about the first week in September. Rick did an extensive search on the tune and from all indications it appears that the one and only group to have ever played it was Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Orchestra on broadcasts of Saturday, December 18, 1943 and again on Christmas day, two broadcasts at 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Any specialist among you who knows the title?
Ready to revive Ray Conniff‘s sound
Get ready for the HELP THE HOMELESS HELP THEMSELVES concert from 11/22/96! Dick Bogert recorded the show, and Humboldt 101 will present it three times this weekend.
October 3, 2018:
Here is a message to all Ray Conniff fans from saxophonist/composer/arranger Brent Vaughan: For all of you Ray Conniff fans that have been dreaming of a new Conniff recording, we hope that you will enjoy this: Songwriter Buck Ram composed and published the song "I'll Be Home For Christmas (Tho' Just In Memory)"  in 1942. The following year, Bing Crosby, hot off of the success of "White Christmas," recorded a song with a similar title by Walter Kent and Kim Gannon, that came after Ram had published his. A court battle ensued, and Ram was awarded composer credit, for royalties, for the more familiar song and ordered not to do anything with his own song until 1945. Buck opted not to do anything with his own song. Minus the broadcasts of the song in the middle of Glenn Miller's Christmas Medley (sung by Johnny Desmond), there are no known recordings of Buck Ram's original song... ...until now. We are pleased to present a brand-new recording of the long-neglected Buck Ram composition "I'll Be Home For Christmas (Tho' Just In Memory)" (As Recorded By The New Ray Conniff Orchestra & Singers), complete with the original song verse which has never been recorded. (Purchase and download link is attached below.) I had the privilege of writing the vocal and instrumental arrangements of this song, plus playing saxophones and being part of the vocal group, for this recording that will launch the New Ray Conniff Orchestra & Singers next year. The group will be under the direction of Rick Gerber, who has done extensive work with various Glenn Miller Orchestra units, dating back to working with Ray McKinley in the early 60's and leading various GMO units overseas for throngs of Miller-hungry fans. As for myself, having always been a fan of this song from the Miller medley, I have wanted the chance to do something with it for over twenty-five years, especially since no one outside of the most dedicated Glenn Miller fans even know the song. When you look at the personnel listed, you will find some VERY familiar names among the singers! Ray Conniff was a great musician who came up through the ranks of many great bands and made his mark in the music world when large groups were going by the wayside. I hope that you will enjoy the presentation of this great old song, in a great old way, with a brand new arrangement and recording! I also wish to thank Jorge Carpes and Manfred Thönicke for their support and encouragement in our efforts to promote the Conniff Legacy: preserving its past and looking forward to the future. Merry Christmas!
November 29, 2018:
Click on the picture to learn more about the song, the musicians and singers etc. The song is available for download only.
‘tis the season to be jolly with Ray Conniff‘s four Christmas albums Christmas with Conniff, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Ray Conniff‘s Christmas Album Here We Come A-Caroling (Note: all three can be purchased in a 2 CD set titled The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings) and ‘s Christmas. Click on Ray‘s picture on the left to listen to Christmas greetings from Ray and the Singers (1962).
December 12, 2018:
Dutton Vocalion has announced that they will be releasing The Happy Sound of Ray Conniff and Love Story on a quadraphonic SACD in mid January 2019! You can pre-order copies by clicking on the cover scan on the left.
’S WONDERFUL! The Ray Conniff Page  
LATEST UPDATES:
mp3 Downloads: [compilations]: October 15, 2017, [original albums with new artwork]: December 12, 2018; [original albums with original artwork]: Nov. 9, 2017 Concert Programs: July 11, 2018 The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia (formerly titled “The Collector’s Guide”): December 4, 2018 (revised periods: 1955-1977)
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…
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.
December 18, 2017: Some fans received their copies which they had ordered two weeks ago.
For more information on SACDs featuring both Stereo and Multi- Channel sounds, please visit Doug’s Ray Conniff Page at www.rayconniff.info.
Sony Mexico released a 3-CD set in their Tesoros de Colección series. The 42 song set sells for about US $6 in Mexico: CD1: 1 Besame Mucho 2 Lisbon Antigua 3 The Way You Look Tonight 4 The White Cliffs of Dover 5 Say It with Music 6 Feelings 7 Frenesi 8 Love Me Tender 9 Someone 10 Patricia, It’s Patricia 11 Strange Music 12 Tammy 13 Moments To Remember 14 Don't Cry for Me Argentina CD2: 1 Brazil 2 Stranger in Paradise 3 The Poor People of Paris 4 Memories Are Made of This 5 Memory 6 Paloma Blanca 7 Around the World 8 I've Got You Under My Skin 9 Early In The Morning 10 Lullaby of Birdland 11 Three Coins in the Fountain 12 's Wonderful 13 All I Have To Do Is Dream 14 The Continental CD3: 1 Beyond the Sea 2 Tico-Tico 3 El Condor Pasa (If I Could) 4 Thanks for the Memory 5 Spanish Eyes 6 As Time Goes By 7 Red Roses For A Blue Lady 8 Something 9 Jamaica Farewell 10 The Whiffenpoof Song 11 Leaving On A Jet Plane 12 Sing 13 Kiss and Say Goodbye 14 September Song (Item added December 18, 2017)
On January 7, 2018, Tamara Conniff published this sad news on her Facebook page:
January 21, 2018: Johnny Mathis fans had to invest quite a sum in a 68 CD set in December 2017. Disk No. 67 (titled “Odds & Ends”) features a previously unreleased version of "Teacher, Teacher" with Ray Conniff, his Orchestra and Chorus. The version most of us know was recorded with Ray Ellis and his Orchestra.
LO CLÁSICO DE RAY CONNIFF 3 CD set, 60 tracks; Mexico 2018 (SKU: 7509979082206) CD #1: Bésame Mucho / Brazil / Tico Tico / Too Young / Temptation / The Way You Look Tonight / Tammy / Memories Are Made Of This / Green Eyes / That Old Feeling / As Time Goes By / Young At Heart / Love Story / I Only Have Eyes For You / Young Love / I'm In The Mood For Love / All The Things You Are / You'll Never Know / Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / What The World Needs Now Is Love CD #2: Stranger In Paradise / Say It With Music / Only You / Three Coins In Fountain / It's Been A Long, Long Time / The Song from Moulin Rouge / Love Is A Many Splendored Thing / I’ll Be Seeing You / You're The Cream Of My Coffee / April In Paris / Somewhere My Love / Sentimental Journey / Dancing In The Dark / Night And Day / My Foolish Heart / Summertime / 's Wonderful / Greenfields / These Foolish Things / Unchained Melody CD #3: La Mer (Beyond The Sea) / I've Got You Under My Skin / The Continental / Around The World / The Green Leaves Of Summer / It Had To Be You / Lovely To Look At / The Very Thought Of You / If I Loved You / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / I Hear A Rhapsody / Love Me Tender / Lullaby Of Birland / Lisboa Antigua / No Other Love / Harbour Lights / Volare / Moonlight Serenade / Deep Purple / Say It Isn't So (Item added March 17, 2018)
June 9, 2018: In early May I was granted permission by Tamara Conniff to examine her dad‘s diaries and tons of material, such as photographs, vídeos, audio tapes etc. All the information I collected will gradually go into The Ray Conniff Encyclopedia. Check it out often for updates, corrections, modifications etc.
Doug Mitchell, Warren Pischke, Greyson Ray and Kevin DaProza, Tamara Conniff-DaProza, Manfred Thönicke, Ken Conlin, Perry and Tricia La Marca
A West Coast Convention in May 2018
July 11, 2018: One of my findings was a 27 page promo set for Ray Conniff‘s 1963 West Coast Tour. Click here  or on the scan on the left to study it.
September 3, 2018: For exciting news please click on the photograph on the left. It shows Rick Gerber, conductor of one of the Glenn Miller orchestras and Ray‘s daughter Tamara. I had the honour of meeting Rick at Tamara's home in early May, and they both excitedly told me about the forthcoming project, but I did not intend to reveal anything about it until I knew it would materialise. And here is more great news: You will be pleased to know that Rick is preparing a "new" Christmas song that he plans to release about October 1 to select radio stations as "recorded by The New Ray Conniff Orchestra & Singers". He has been working with an arranger from Springfield and they completed all recording of the instrumental big band in July and will be adding the vocal group parts about the first week in September. Rick did an extensive search on the tune and from all indications it appears that the one and only group to have ever played it was Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Orchestra on broadcasts of Saturday, December 18, 1943 and again on Christmas day, two broadcasts at 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Any specialist among you who knows the title?
Total website visits since August 1, 2011:
November 29, 2018:
Here is a message to all Ray Conniff fans from saxophonist/composer/arranger Brent Vaughan: For all of you Ray Conniff fans that have been dreaming of a new Conniff recording, we hope that you will enjoy this: Songwriter Buck Ram composed and published the song "I'll Be Home For Christmas (Tho' Just In Memory)" in 1942. The following year, Bing Crosby, hot off of the success of "White Christmas," recorded a song with a similar title by Walter Kent and Kim Gannon, that came after Ram had published his. A court battle ensued, and Ram was awarded composer credit, for royalties, for the more familiar song and ordered not to do anything with his own song until 1945. Buck opted not to do anything with his own song. Minus the broadcasts of the song in the middle of Glenn Miller's Christmas Medley (sung by Johnny Desmond), there are no known recordings of Buck Ram's original song... ...until now. We are pleased to present a brand-new recording of the long- neglected Buck Ram composition "I'll Be Home For Christmas (Tho' Just In Memory)" (As Recorded By The New Ray Conniff Orchestra & Singers), complete with the original song verse which has never been recorded. (Purchase and download link is attached below.) I had the privilege of writing the vocal and instrumental arrangements of this song, plus playing saxophones and being part of the vocal group, for this recording that will launch the New Ray Conniff Orchestra & Singers next year. The group will be under the direction of Rick Gerber, who has done extensive work with various Glenn Miller Orchestra units, dating back to working with Ray McKinley in the early 60's and leading various GMO units overseas for throngs of Miller-hungry fans. As for myself, having always been a fan of this song from the Miller medley, I have wanted the chance to do something with it for over twenty-five years, especially since no one outside of the most dedicated Glenn Miller fans even know the song. When you look at the personnel listed, you will find some VERY familiar names among the singers! Ray Conniff was a great musician who came up through the ranks of many great bands and made his mark in the music world when large groups were going by the wayside. I hope that you will enjoy the presentation of this great old song, in a great old way, with a brand new arrangement and recording! I also wish to thank Jorge Carpes and Manfred Thönicke for their support and encouragement in our efforts to promote the Conniff Legacy: preserving its past and looking forward to the future. Merry Christmas!
Click on the picture to learn more about the song, the musicians and singers etc. The song is available for download only.
Click on Ray‘s picture on the right to listen to Christmas greetings from Ray and the Singers (1962).
‘tis the season to be jolly with Ray Conniff‘s four Christmas albums Christmas with Conniff, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Ray Conniff‘s Christmas Album Here We Come A-Caroling (Note: all three can be purchased in a 2 CD set titled The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings) and ‘s Christmas.
December 12, 2018: Dutton Vocalion has announced that they will be releasing The Happy Sound of Ray Conniff and Love Story on a quadraphonic SACD in mid January 2019! You can pre-order copies by clicking on the cover scan on the left.
’S WONDERFUL! The Ray Conniff Page