Ray Noble

Raymond Stanley Noble (17 December 1903 – 3 April 1978) was an English jazz and big band musician, who was a bandleader, composer and arranger, as well as a radio host, television and film comedian and actor; he also performed in the United States.

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 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 17, 1903 (Brighton), Died April 3, 1978 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1948

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, composer, songwriter, lyricist, conductor, arranger, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 246 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-98064 10-in. 11/14/1935 I'm the fellow who loves you Al Bowlly ; The Freshmen ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-98065 10-in. 11/14/1935 Where am I? Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98066 10-in. 11/14/1935 Dinner for one please, James Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98359 10-in. 12/9/1935 With all my heart Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98360 10-in. 12/9/1935 I built a dream one day Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98361 10-in. 12/9/1935 Somebody ought to be told Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98362 10-in. 12/9/1935 A beautiful lady in blue Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98670 10-in. 1/23/1936 Let yourself go Al Bowlly ; The Freshmen ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-98671 10-in. 1/23/1936 We saw the sea Reed Kennedy ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-98672 10-in. 1/23/1936 Let's face the music and dance Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98673 10-in. 1/23/1936 If you love me Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, director  
Victor BS-99026 10-in. 1/31/1936 If you love me? Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-99900 10-in. 3/19/1936 Yours truly is truly yours Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-99901 10-in. 3/19/1936 Moonlight in Hilo Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-99902 10-in. 3/19/1936 The touch of your lips Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist, director  
Victor BS-99903 10-in. 3/19/1936 Blazin' the trail (To my home) Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-101132 10-in. 3/27/1936 The touch of your lips Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-101863 10-in. 5/25/1936 Empty saddles Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble director  
Victor BS-101864 10-in. 5/25/1936 Big Chief De Sota Sterling Bose ; Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet director  
Victor BS-101865 10-in. 5/25/1936 But definitely Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-101866 10-in. 5/25/1936 When I'm with you Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-0744 10-in. 9/25/1936 Easy to love Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble director  
Victor BS-0745 10-in. 9/25/1936 I've got you under my skin Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-0746 10-in. 9/25/1936 Let's call a heart a heart Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-0747 10-in. 9/25/1936 One, two, button your shoe Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble director  
(Results 51-75 of 246 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Noble, Ray," accessed May 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102805.

Noble, Ray. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102805.

"Noble, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 May 2024.

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