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Ray Anthony

Ray Anthony played two years with Glenn Miller and ten with Jimmy Dorsey before forming his own band. Anthony led a group in the Pacific during World War II, then had a highly popular dance band. He probably has as much fame, if not more, as the writer of the theme for Dragnet, the novelty tune "The Bunny Hop," and the hit single "Dancing in the Dark." He also had plenty of film and TV work in the '50s, including an appearance in the film Daddy Long Legs. ~ Ron Wynn
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Track List: Dream Dancing II

1. You'll Never Know

2. Sentimental Journey

6. Dream

7. An Affair To Remember

10. Deep Purple

11. Sweet And Lovely

13. I'll Walk Alone

14. Blue Moon

16. As Time Goes By

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Track List: In the Miller Mood, Vol. 2

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Track List: Capitol Collectors Series

1. A Dreamer's Holiday

2. Sentimental Me

3. Count Every Star

4. The Man With The Horn

5. Can Anyone Explain No No No

6. Harbour Lights

7. Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)

8. Autumn Leaves

9. Mr. Anthony's Boogie

10. At Last

11. Slaughter On Tenth Avenue - Parts 1 & 2

12. Marilyn

13. The Bunny Hop

14. The Hokey Pokey

15. Dragnet

16. O Mein Papa

17. Skokiaan

18. Melody Of Love

19. The Peter Gunn Theme

20. Worried Wind

21. Telephone Interview

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What a sweet man he was! I was stationed with the Navy (WAVES) in Pensacola,Fl a , Oct., 1959 He as Playing in the EM club on the night of my 20th birthday. A group of fellow students asked him to play Happy Birthday to me and he did. Came down to our table, danced me around the dance floor one time, returned me to the table, wished me Happy Birthday again, kissed my cheek and left. As I said, he was a very sweet man and made this gals special day, very special. NAVY GAL
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A musical giant...abso l u t e l y brilliant!
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Ray Anthony, along with Nelson Riddle and Bert Kaempfert, really knew how to orchestrate for bass trombone.
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Ray Anthony was an amatuer radio fan. Had one in his car. Coming across country with the band during the Korean War he contacted our Ham operators. He offered to do a free concert for our airbase if we could put the band up overnight. We jumped on it, a hotel in Amarillo joined in and we had a great time. A great guy.
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cdokken7
I Love This Man!!! I could listen to His S--WEET Trumpet Forever!!! An Out Of Sight Accomplished Talent!!!! :-) ❤️❤️
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Brings back memories of long ago, yet, not out of style, oh no!
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Ray Anthony did NOT write the theme for Dragnet. Walter Schuman wrote it. Ray' recording was the most popular.
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I love this music started to listen very young. My MonandDad l
Listen. Love it
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dbechler1
Takes me back to my childhood and the years with my brothers, sister and parents back to Chicago and Cleveland. Love those memories.
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dbechler1
Take me back to my childhood and the years with my brothers, sister and parents back to Chicago and Cleveland. Love those memories.
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Ray Anthony was a master. Superb, gentle, sway-with-yo u r - l a d y music. Very glad to see his work on Pandora.
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hlore58
I love Big Band music and really discovered Ray Anthony here on Pandora. All this music was before my time yet because my mother exposed me to it, it is a favorite genre of music for me! Ballroom dancing, dressing for an occasion.... s i g h .
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Ray Anthony's band is out of sight...oh if we only had these types of bands today. This is real music!
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Pandora is really something,al l o w i n g us to have this beautiful music that can only be found here.Ray Anthony,WOW.
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Now this is music I can dance to!!!
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this is some serious dancing music....... G r a b your lady and let's get to it! as long as Pandora is around, this music will be here as long as them. Go Man Go.......... .
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I hope that it never goes away, docdglobal-v c h o but I am afraid it will. We are already experiencing much of the non-music which would replace it.
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I wonder if this kind of music will ever return, it's absolutley beautiful.
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jakebotardo
Fantastic I enjoy imensly thanks. jake botardo
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vmsouza32
Love his music. It sure took me back in time.
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You giving us more of the Ray Anthony Orchestra and less of Louis Armstrong is so appreciated. Thank you. 1924 .
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One of my favorite! I may have seen him at Atlantic City when a teenager in the 50
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Terrific Ray Anthony having heard him in person in the fifties. My am I old!
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linda.rae301
Great song & great movie.
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Love Pandora!
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Listening to the big bands takes me back to my teen years when radio was big and the bands were broadcast from Frank Daley's Meadowbrook on the Compton Turnpike in New Jersey. I imagined the place to be a beautiful ballroom with everyone dressed like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Later in life I visited that spot and found it to be just another road house with inhabitants from middle class and redneck villages pretty much like my own. What a letdown. But my dreams remain with me.
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Fabulously fine music performed with utmost finess by the artits
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Thrilling music!
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Ray Anthony is very good- Why not more of his music oh Pandora?
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Play more Ray Anthony
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One of the great ones!
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The Peter Gunn theme song is on the same level as James Bond, I prefer JB (007).
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Su costa muito da música de Pandora
Porque gas me lembrar do Honduras
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andracoo
Sends me into dreamland. A time long gone by. I could listen to it forever.
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"Well Jonny, I got 6 bullets and there's 7 of you, so a couple of you stiffs are gonna have to share!"
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Eu gosta muito da musica de Pandora porque faz me lembrar do Brasil
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kevinhayes6
The theme for Dragnet was written by Walter Schumann, NOT Ray Anthony. However, Anthony did record a version.
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Lovely music - thank you
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God I love it…! Each time I hear the PETER GUNN theme, I am immediately in the South African Great Karoo where a thundering steam locomotive trailing a long smoke trace in the blue western sky manages the business end of a passenger train wheeling fast and heavy into the evening as night overtaking the land. Onward we hurl through the darkness Zimbabwe our destination by dawn…
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I love this stuff and always will - I am not of this particular era so to speak but close to it - My kid who is 14 even listens to it -- sorry for those who do not have the insight of Classic!! You can not find nor will we ever see this kind of talent come back around...now days its all copy and usually the copy is awful and shouldn't have happened!!!
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I love Ray Anthony music. And Ray is still alive at 92 years old as of this writing. Thanks for all the wonderful music Ray.
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jpamer9
Went to a Ray Anthony gif in Sioux City, IO way back when... yeah, he rocks...
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Ray Anthony, like Nelson Riddle knew how to orchestrate a bass trombone into his arrangements .
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Nostalgia... p l u s !
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Remember Peter Gunn. Wow he was cool back in the day like Sean Connery 007
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I love this guy because he is a survivor.... w h e n others were dying out (music dying out) he kept the sweet bands sounds together, and I don't know if he's still playing/cond u c t i n g but he was not too many years back. So few melodic sounds these days!
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I always thought this guy was modern, like Stray Cats. It blows me away to see he had a WWII band!
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ktm4motox it people like you there is so much hate in the world. Everyone has there own taste of music like art and everything else, try to enjoy your life and don't worry about the rest and if you don't like something or a person you maybe need to move on and keep your comments to yourself. I enjoy many types of music and fine something special in all and don't need your hateful words because knowing a person like you I would be ashamed of your race.
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ehlmd2
This music brings back memories of the 50's when he played a Saturday afternoon concert at Easters Weekend at UVa.
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The music of the World War II era was culturally sound, and, grown-up!
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