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      Ray Conniff

Ray Conniff album Ray Conniff (died October 12, 2002) was an American bandleader and arranger best known for his leadership of the Ray Conniff Singers during the 1960's. Between 1957-68, Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40, the most famous one being Somewhere My Love (1966). He topped the album list in Britain in 1969 with His Orchestra, His Chorus, His Singers, His Sound, an album which was originally published to promote a European tour in 1969. He also was the first American popular artist to record in Russia — in 1974 he recorded Ray Conniff in Moscow with the help of a local choir.

His later albums like Exclusivamente Latino, Amor Amor, and Latinisimo made him very popular in Latin-American countries, even more so after performing in the Viña del Mar International Song Festival. In Brazil and Chile he was treated like a young pop superstar in the 1980's and 1990's when he was in his 70s and 80s. He even played live with his orchestra and eight-person chorus in large football stadiums as well as in Viña del Mar.

Because of the success of his unique vocal backing arrangements, and the new sound Conniff created, he was allowed to make his own record, and this became the successful ’s Wonderful!, a collection of standards that were recorded with an orchestra and a wordless singing chorus (four men, four women). He released many more albums in the same vein, including ’s Marvelous (1957, gold), ’s Awful Nice (1958), Concert in Rhythm (1958, gold album), Broadway in Rhythm (1958), Hollywood in Rhythm (1959), Concert in Rhythm, Vol. II (1960), Say It With Music (1960), Memories Are Made of This (1960, gold album), and ’s Continental (1962).

In 1966 the Ray Conniff Singers released the album It's the Talk of the Town. This group brought him the biggest hit he ever had in his career: "Somewhere My Love". The lyrics of the album's title selection were written to the music of "Lara's Theme" from the film Doctor Zhivago, and the result was a top 10 single in the US. The album reached the US top 20 and went platinum, and Conniff won a Grammy. The single and album also reached high positions in the international charts (Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan), whilst the first of four Christmas albums by the Singers, Christmas with Conniff (1959) was also successful.

A discography of Ray Conniff's albums includes:
- Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970, Columbia CS 1022)
- Broadway in Rhythm (1958, Columbia CL 1252 (mono), CS 8064 (stereo))
- Concert in Rhythm (1958, Columbia CL 1163 (mono), CS 8022 (stereo))
- Concert in Rhythm, Vol. 2 (1960, Columbia CL 1415 (mono), CS 8212 (stereo))
- Concert in Stereo / Live at the Sahara/Tahoe (1970, Columbia GA 30122)
- Conniff Meets Butterfield (1959, Columbia CL 1346 (mono), CS 8155 (stereo)) (with Billy Butterfield)
- En Espanol! (1967, Columbia CL 2608 (mono), CS 9408 (stereo))
- Friendly Persuasion (1964, Columbia CL 2210 (mono), CS 9010 (stereo))
- The Happy Beat (1963, Columbia CL 1949 (mono), CS 8749 (stereo))
- Happiness Is (1966, Columbia CL 2461 (mono), CS 9261 (stereo))
- Hawaiian Album (1967, Columbia CL 2747 (mono), CS 9547 (stereo))
- Hollywood in Rhythm (1959, Columbia CL 1310 (mono), CS 8117 (stereo))
- Honey (1968, Columbia CS 9661)
- I Love How You Love Me (1969, Columbia CS 9777)
- I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1971, Columbia KC 31220)
- The Impossible Dream (1970, Harmony KH 30134)
- Invisible Tears (1964, Columbia CL 2264 (mono), CS 9064 (stereo))
- It Must Be Him (1967, Columbia CL 2795 (mono), CS 9595 (stereo))
- It’s the Talk of the Town (1959, Columbia CL 1334 (mono), CS 8143 (stereo))
- Jean (1969, Columbia CS 9920)
- Just Kiddin’ Around (1963, Columbia CL 2022 (mono), CS 8822 (stereo)) (with Billy Butterfield)
- Love Affair (1965, Columbia CL 2352 (mono), CS 9152 (stereo))
- Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1969, Harmony HS 11346)
- Love Story (1970, Columbia C 30498; also released in 1971 in quadraphonic)
- Memories Are Made of This (1960, Columbia CL 1574 (mono), CS 8374 (stereo))
- Music from Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, & Other Great Movie Themes (1965, Columbia CL 2366 (mono), CS 9166 (stereo))
- Ray Conniff’s World of Favorites (1967, Columbia Record Club D 267 (mono), DS 267 (stereo))
- Ray Conniff’s World of Hits (1966, Columbia CL 2500 (mono), CS 9300 (stereo))
- Rhapsody in Rhythm (1962, Columbia CL 1878 (mono), CS 8678 (stereo))
- ‘S Awful Nice (1958, Columbia CL 1137 (mono), CS 8001 (stereo))
- ‘S Continental (1962, Columbia CL 1776 (mono), CS 8576 (stereo))
- ‘S Marvelous (1957, Columbia CL 1074 (mono), CS 8037 (stereo))
- ‘S Wonderful (1956, Columbia CL 925)
- Say it With Music – A Touch of Latin (1960, Columbia CL 1490 (mono), CS 8282 (stereo))
- So Much in Love (1962, Columbia CL 1720 (mono), CS 8520 (stereo); re-released in 1966)
- Somebody Loves Me (1961, Columbia CL 1642 (mono), CS 8442 (stereo))
- Somewhere My Love (1966, Columbia CL 2519 (mono), CS 9319 (stereo))
- Speak to Me of Love (1964, Columbia CL 2150 (mono), CS 8950 (stereo))
- Thanks For the Memory (1968, Columbia Record Club DS 357)
- This is My Song (1967, Columbia CL 2676 (mono), CS 9476 (stereo))
- Turn Around Look At Me (1968, Columbia CL 2912 (mono), CS 9712 (stereo))
- We’ve Only Just Begun (1970, Columbia C 30410)
- You Make Me Feel So Young (1964, Columbia CL 2118 (mono), CS 8918 (stereo))
- Young At Heart (1960, Columbia CL 1489 (mono), CS 8281 (stereo))



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