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 151-175 of 246 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0B2104 10-in. 1/8/1932 By the fireside New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, songwriter  
Gramophone 0B2187 10-in. 2/12/1932 It's great to be in love New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B2188 10-in. 2/12/1932 Blues in my heart New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B2231 10-in. 11/14/1931 Twentieth century blues New Mayfair Novelty Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B2482 10-in. 12/4/1931 Just once for all time New Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B2483 10-in. 12/4/1931 Live, laugh and love Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B2484 10-in. 12/9/1931 The pied piper of Hamblin New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director  
Gramophone 2B591 12-in. 6/19/1931 Chu Chin Chow : Vocal gems, part 2 Light Opera Company [Gramophone Company] ; Ray Noble Orchestra and vocalists conductor  
Gramophone 0EA2652 10-in. On or before 12/20/1935 You were there New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0EA2655 10-in. On or before 12/20/1935 The family album New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal director  
Gramophone 2B657 12-in. 3/17/1931 Chu Chin Chow : Vocal gems, part 1 Light Opera Company [Gramophone Company] ; Ray Noble Orchestra and vocalists conductor  
Gramophone 2B765 12-in. 4/21/1931 From Erik Charell's "White Horse Inn" : Selection New Mayfair Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 2B766 12-in. 4/21/1931 From Erik Charell's "White Horse Inn" : Selection New Mayfair Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 2B811 12-in. 5/1/1931 From Erik Charell's White Horse Inn : Vocal gems Light Opera Company ; Ray Noble Vocal soloists and vocal chorus, with orchestra director  
Gramophone 2B812 12-in. 5/1/1931 From Erik Charell's White Horse Inn : Vocal gems Light Opera Company ; Ray Noble Vocal soloists and vocal chorus, with orchestra director  
Gramophone 0B3006 10-in. 3/1/1932 Turkish delight Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and dialogue director, composer  
Gramophone 0B3007 10-in. 3/1/1932 Turkish delight Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and dialogue director, composer  
Gramophone 0B3183 10-in. 9/1/1932 The younger generation Al Bowlly ; New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B3184 10-in. 9/1/1932 Mad about the boy New Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B3195 10-in. 9/8/1932 I'll do my best to make you happy Al Bowlly ; New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer  
Gramophone 0B3196 10-in. 9/8/1932 Love is the sweetest thing New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 0EA3880 10-in. 10/16/1936 Miracles sometimes happen Denny Dennis ; Roy Fox Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Gramophone 0B4071 10-in. 10/11/1932 A bedtime story New Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B4207 10-in. 1932 Let's say goodbye Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 0B4208 10-in. 9/20/1932 The party's over now Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
(Results 151-175 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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