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Ray Noble

Ray Noble had an odd career. Most notable as the composer of "The Very Thought of You," "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," "The Touch of Your Lips," "Goodnight Sweetheart" and "Cherokee" (as well as leader of the orchestra which backed the popular radio show of Edgar Bergen), Noble was an important bandleader in the 1930s but he never seemed to reach his potential. Classically-trained as a pianist, Noble was more interested in dance music and he won a big band arranging contest sponsored by Melody Maker in England. He became the musical director for the important HMV label (1929-34) and led a series of recordings with his New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (1930-34) which often featured the vocals of Al Bowlly. The music was dance-oriented with a slight influence of jazz. Building on his popular success, in 1935 Noble came to the United States where he led his finest orchestra during 1935-37, often playing at the Rainbow Room. His band included for a time trombonist-arranger Glenn Miller (who was very influenced by Noble's approach and arranging style, "borrowing" "Moonlight Serenade" from Noble's book), Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Erwin, Charlie Spivak, Johnny Mintz, Claude Thornhill and Will Bradley. However after the orchestra broke up in 1937, Noble became much more famous as an emcee on radio and then eventually for his depiction of a pompous and foolish Englishman in comedy bits. In addition to those roles, Noble occasionally led dance bands but by the mid-'50s he had largely retired. Few today probably realize who the Ray Noble was that composed "Cherokee!" ~ Scott Yanow
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Track List: Famous British Dance Bands: Ray Noble, Vol. 2 – The New Maifair Dance Orchestra & The Band, Featuring Al Bowlly And Others (Recordings 1930-1937)

1. King Of Jazz Medley

2. Shout For Happiness (Foxtrot)

3. So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together (Foxtrot)

4. Mickey Mouse (Comedy Fox)

5. Just Once For All Time (Foxtrot)

6. There's A Ring Around The Moon (Foxtrot)

7. Have A Heart (Foxtrot)

8. Rock Your Cares Away (Foxtrot)

9. Good Night, Vienna (Tango-Fox)

10. Got A Date With An Angel (Foxtrot)

11. Wheezy Anna (Comedy Fox)

12. Freckle Face, You Are So Beautiful (Foxtrot)

13. I Only Want One Ring

14. A Couple Of Fools In Love

15. Hold My Hand (Slow-Fox)

16. Three Wishes (Slow-Fox)

17. Let Me Give My Happiness To You (Foxtrot)

18. Beat Of My Heart (Foxtrot)

19. Little Man You've Had A Busy Day (Slow-Fox)

20. One Morning In May

21. Over My Shoulder

22. When You've Got A Little Springtime

23. Long As You Got Your Health (Foxtrot)

24. To Love You And To Lose You

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Track List: Slumming On Park Avenue

1. Slumming On Park Avenue

3. 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

7. Dinah

8. Down By The River

9. The Touch Of Your Lips

10. Bugle Call Rag

12. Big Chief De Sota

14. Double Trouble

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Track List: The Hot Sides

1. Copper Blues (Dancing Shoes)

2. Terribly Fond Of You

3. So The Bluebirds And The Blackbirds Got Together

4. Baby You've Got The Right Idea

5. In The Moonlight

6. Someone

7. Every Day Away From You

8. You've Got To Be Modernistic

9. Crazy Feet

10. I've Got A Feeling

11. Allah's Holiday

12. Whispering

13. Just Imagine

14. Makin' Wickey Wackey Down In Waikiki

15. Shout For Happiness

16. Twentieth Century Blues

17. Brighter Than The Sun

18. What A Perfect Combination

19. Stay On The Right Side Of The Road

20. Tiger Rag

21. You Ought To See Sally On Sunday

22. Who Walks In When I Walk Out?

23. Who Walks In When I Walk Out?

24. All I Do Is Dream Of You

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Track List: Ray Noble: The Complete Standard Transcriptions

1. Take Five

2. Grecian Melody

3. The Morris Dances

4. Oakland To Burbank

5. Oh, Lady Be Good

6. More Than You Know

7. Rigoletto

8. Lying In The Hay

9. El Massatino

10. Veredo Tropical

11. Swing Of The Kilts

12. Number 2 - Dinner Music Suite

13. Over The Waves

14. Groping In The Grooveyard

15. Wilshire Wobble

16. Magic Of Magnolias

17. By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

18. While My Lady Sleeps

19. Not A Star In Sight

20. Wherever You Are

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