Raymond Stanley Noble (17 December 1903 – 2 April 1978) was an English bandleader, composer, arranger, radio comedian, and actor. Noble wrote both lyrics and music for many popular songs during the British dance band era, known as the "Golden Age of British music", notably for his longtime friend and associate Al Bowlly, including "Love Is the Sweetest Thing", "Cherokee", "The Touch of Your Lips", "I Hadn't Anyone Till You", and his signature tune, "The Very Thought of You". Noble also played a radio comedian opposite American ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's stage act of Mortimer Snerd and Charlie McCarthy, and American comedy duo Burns and Allen, later transferring these roles from radio to TV and popular films.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 17th, 1903 (Brighton), Died April 2nd, 1978 (London)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1948
Roles Represented in DAHR: director, composer, songwriter, lyricist, arranger, conductor, vocalist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 201 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-51103||10-in.||3/29/1929||Nobody's fault but your own||Bernie Cummins ; New York Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||65439||10-in.||5/10/1932||Boa noite querida||Castro Barbosa||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BAVE-66691||10-in.||Spring 1932||Buenas noche, querida||Orquesta Típica Ciriaquito||Instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BAVE-66692||10-in.||Spring 1932||Buenas noche, querida||Libertad Lamarque||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-67572||10-in.||9/29/1931||Good-night, sweetheart||Ernie Birchill ; Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-68344||10-in.||3/2/1932||I found you||Ted Dahl Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-68356||10-in.||5/11/1932||(In the gloaming) By the fireside||Donald Novis||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-70282||10-in.||10/9/1931||Good night sweetheart||Russ Columbo||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||LBVE-70635||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||12/1/1931||Popular selections||Mildred Bailey ; Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Romancers||Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal solos and male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-70996||10-in.||12/22/1931||Buenas noches||Virgilio Raben||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-71915||10-in.||3/4/1932||(In the gloaming) By the fireside||Bob Borger ; George Olsen and his Music ; Ethel Shutta||Jazz/dance band, with recitation and male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-71916||10-in.||3/4/1932||Al anochecer||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-77622||10-in.||9/6/1933||Love is the sweetest thing||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78089||10-in.||10/5/1933||Love is the sweetest thing||Conrad Thibault||Baritone vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-80639||10-in.||6/18/1934||The very thought of you||King Harvey ; Red Nichols ; Pennies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-84232||10-in.||9/7/1934||It's all forgotten now||Sam Robbins Orchestra ; Sydney Schiff||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-87358||10-in.||1/12/1935||Blue moon||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||director, arranger|
|Victor||BS-87359||10-in.||1/12/1935||In a blue and pensive mood||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||arranger, director|
|Victor||BS-87360||10-in.||1/12/1935||A little white gardenia||Al Bowlly||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BS-87361||10-in.||1/12/1935||You and the night and the music||Al Bowlly||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||director|
|Victor||BS-87496||10-in.||2/9/1935||Soon||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-87497||10-in.||2/9/1935||Clouds||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-87498||10-in.||2/9/1935||Down by the river||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
|Victor||BS-87499||10-in.||2/9/1935||Sonny's little lullaby||Ray Noble Orchestra ; Sally Schermerhorn||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||director, lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-88963||10-in.||5/10/1935||Paris in spring||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||director|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Noble, Ray," accessed February 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102805.
Noble, Ray. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102805.
"Noble, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 February 2021.
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