WTIC Radio remembers conductor Ray Conniff

Ray recalls his early days in Boston playing trombone with the Society Bands, including Dan Murphy’s Musical Skippers, performing in New York with Bunny Berrigan, Artie Shaw, and Bob Crosby and his eventual glory years at Columbia records...
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    birth anniversary conductor Ray Conniff

    November 6, 2008... Ray would have been 92. In order to commemorate his birthday, watch YOUtube and sing along.
    Joseph Raymond Conniff (November 6, 1916 - October 12, 2002) was an American musician. He was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and learned to play the trombone from his father. He studied music arranging from a course book.
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    California Melodies 44

    David Rose with wife JUDY GARLAND
    Faust Waltz
    I Guess It's Better That Way
    MAXINE GRAY sings There'll Be Some Changes Made
    Vienna Waltz
    OFFENBACH Orpheus In The Underworld
    MAXINE GRAY sings It All Comes Back to Me Now
    Indefinate Ryhthm


    Composer John Barry at 75

    John Barry turns 75. The composer of "Somewhere In Time", "Out of Africa," "Dances With Wolves," "Born Free," "Midnight Cowboy" and "The Lion in Winter" -- as well as such iconic James Bond themes as "Goldfinger," "You Only Live Twice" and "Diamonds Are Forever" -- is believed to be the sole Brit to have won as many as five Academy Awards.
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    Musician Ray Ellis has died

    Conductor/arranger Ray Ellis, who arranged such classics as "Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis, "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin and "Standing on the Corner" by the Four Lads, died Monday, 27 October 2008, in Encino of complications from melanoma. He was 85. During a career that spanned almost 65 years, the Philadelphia native also arranged for acts including Tony Bennett, Doris Day, the Drifters, Connie Francis, Judy Garland and Ray Price.
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    California Melodies 43

    composer, conductor David Rose
    My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice
    DELIUS Dance for Harpsichord
    Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
    Do I Worry? vocalist maxine Gray
    Cari Mia Rhumba
    RUBINSTEIN Melody in F
    Come Down To Earth, My Angel Maxine Gray
    Plantation Moods

    Happy Birthday Nana Mouskouri

    NANA MOUSKOURI born 12 or 13 OCTOBER 1934. The pop singer from Greece became an international singing sensation and is credited with selling more records worldwide than any other female singer. She recorded for Philips, Polydor. Nana Mouskouri (in Greek, Nάνα Μούσχουρη), born as Ioanna Mouskhouri, in Chania, Crete, Greece. She was known as Nana to her friends and family as a child. (Note that in Greek her surname is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable rather than the second.) She has recorded in many different languages, including Greek, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Welsh, among others.Nana, 1960s
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    David Rose 'California Melodies 42'

    Years From Now
    SIBELIUS: Valse Triste
    Cantcha Tell with vocalist Maxine Gray
    La Paloma
    Frenesi with Maxine Gray
    Opus 6, Number 6 aka Jitterbug Fantasie


    The Andre Kostelanetz papers

    The papers of legendary conductor, arranger and broadcaster Andre Kostelanetz have been donated to the Library of Congress by his estate. Kostelanetz died in 1980. The gift is a veritable treasure trove for students of 20th century music and broadcasting. The archive of Kostelanetz' personal property, papers, clippings, letters, sound recordings, posters, and photographs spans some 73 crates. It documents in detail the career of one of America's most remarkable men of music. The gift from Kostelanetz' estate will complement the gift of scores and parts for many of his arrangements Kostelanetz made to the Library of Congress. His papers will join those of George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner, and Irving Berlin, among others in the Library's collection of material belonging to eminent American musicians.
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    David Rose 'California Melodies' 41

    FLOTOW's Martha
    Deserted City
    Walking By The River with vocalist Maxine Gray
    The Old Oaken Bucket
    RAVEL's Pavanne
    All I Desire with Maxine Gray
    Ukelele Finale Melody on notes G C E A


    Tribute Recalls Hits of Lyricist Sammy Cahn

    Composer Sammy Cahn wrote the lyrics to some of America's most popular songs, recorded by Frank Sinatra and dozens of other artists. Cahn died 15 years ago, but Mike O'Sullivan reports, a recent tribute to the composer reintroduced his music to a new generation.
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