Ray Noble

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz Vocals

Biography

Stanley Raymond Noble, 17 December 1903, Brighton, Sussex, England, d. 2 April 1978, London, England. The son of a part-time songwriter and musician, Noble attended choir school, Dulwich College and Cambridge University before studying at the Royal College of Music. In 1926 he won a Melody Maker arranging contest and worked for music publisher Lawrence Wright and Jack Payne’s BBC Dance Orchestra before becoming a staff arranger at HMV Records, eventually succeeding Carroll Gibbons as Head of Light Music. He conducted the company’s New Mayfair Orchestra and New Mayfair Novelty Orchestra before forming his own sweet-swing studio band which included top musicians Freddy Gardner, Alfie Noakes, Bill Harty, Tiny Winters, Max Goldberg, Nat Gonella, Lew Davis and the most popular vocalist of the 30s, Al Bowlly. Bowlly’s vocals on songs such as ‘Time On My Hands’, ‘Close Your Eyes’, ‘How Could We Be Wrong’ and ‘Lazy...

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