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 126-150 of 246 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E37525 10-in. 12/21/1931 I found you Helen Crawford ; Bing Crosby Male vocal solo, with organ songwriter  
Brunswick C3209 10-in. 3/29/1929 Nobody’s fault but your own Bob Nolan Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Brunswick LAE481 10-in. 5/2/1929 Nobody’s fault but your own Roy Fox ; Montmartre Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick LAE507 10-in. 5/16/1929 Nobody’s fault but your own Roy Fox ; Montmartre Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick 786W-788W 10-in. 5/13/1925 Steppin' in society Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Brunswick TCL1546 10-in. 12/10/1931 Goodnight sweetheart Miss [?] Borst Female vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick B23760 10-in. 11/28/1938 You're so desirable Billie Holiday ; Teddy Wilson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0B202 10-in. 1/1/1931 I'll be good because of you New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band director, composer  
Gramophone 0B368 10-in. 2/19/1931 Time on my hands (You in my arms) New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B370 10-in. 2/19/1931 Shout for happiness New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B371 10-in. 2/19/1931 Goodnight sweetheart New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, songwriter  
Gramophone 0B683 10-in. 3/26/1931 Lady of Spain Al Bowlly ; New Mayfair Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0EA700 10-in. 12/6/1934 I think I can Jack Jackson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Gramophone 0EA733 10-in. 1/15/1935 My kid's a crooner New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with 2 female vocal solos and talk director  
Gramophone 0EA735 10-in. 1/15/1935 Roll along, covered wagon New Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with vocal director  
Gramophone 0B750 10-in. 4/16/1931 Your eyes Winnie Melville ; Derek Oldham Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra director  
Gramophone 0B751 10-in. On or before 4/16/1931 My song of love Winnie Melville ; Derek Oldham Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra director  
Gramophone 0EA818 10-in. 8/30/1934 Dreaming a dream Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B950 10-in. 5/29/1931 Lights of Paris New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B975 10-in. 6/11/1931 Beside a Dutch canal New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director  
Gramophone 0B1163 10-in. 10/15/1931 Lover of my dreams Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with orchestra director  
Gramophone 0B1180 10-in. 10/23/1931 Speedboat Bill New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, composer  
Gramophone 0B1219 10-in. 6/19/1931 I found you Ambrose Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Gramophone 0B2031 10-in. 12/9/1931 Hold my hand New Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B2091 10-in. 1/6/1932 The punter's lament Bobby Comber ; New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer  
(Results 126-150 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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