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 176-200 of 246 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0B4209 10-in. 9/20/1932 Something to do with spring Noel Coward Male vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 0B4210 10-in. 9/19/1932 Mad dogs and Englishmen Noel Coward ; Ray Noble Male vocal solo, with orchestra director  
Gramophone 0B4240 10-in. 9/30/1932 Gypsy moon Richard Crooks Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 0B4241 10-in. 9/30/1932 Just to linger in your arms Richard Crooks ; Ray Noble Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 0B4242 10-in. 9/30/1932 Tell me tonight Richard Crooks Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 0B4243 10-in. 9/30/1932 Only my song Richard Crooks Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra conductor  
Gramophone 0B4265 10-in. 10/21/1932 The blue Danube New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble Jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B4289 10-in. 10/27/1932 Noah's ark George Baker Talk, with jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B4355 10-in. 12/8/1932 Try a little tenderness New Mayfair Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B4395 10-in. 1/12/1933 Lying in the hay Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B4396 10-in. 1/12/1933 Wanderer Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B4634 10-in. 7/12/1933 Roll up the carpet Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B4674 10-in. 10/12/1933 Experiment Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B5002 10-in. 6/23/1933 Peter! Peter! Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director  
Gramophone 0B5014 10-in. 7/5/1933 Pettin' in the park Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B5016 10-in. 7/5/1933 I've got to sing a torch song Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B5029 10-in. 7/13/1933 If you'll say "Yes," chérie Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer  
Gramophone 0B5031 10-in. 7/13/1933 On the other side of Lover's Lane Ray Noble ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B5134 10-in. 10/12/1933 Love locked out Ray Noble ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, composer  
Gramophone 0B5136 10-in. On or before 10/18/1933 Solomon Elisabeth Welch Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B5137 10-in. On or before 10/18/1933 The physician Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B5138 10-in. On or before 10/18/1933 Experiment Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B5139 10-in. On or before 10/24/1933 Nymph errant Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
Gramophone 0B5200 10-in. 11/29/1933 Song without words Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Gramophone 0B5380 10-in. On or before 10/11/1933 It's bad for me Gertrude Lawrence Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band director  
(Results 176-200 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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