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Carl Ravazza

Carl Ravazza (July 21, 1910 – July 28, 1968), also known professionally as Carl Ravell, was an American violinist, vocalist and bandleader.

Born in Alameda, California, Ravazza was a violinist who also started singing when he was in the Anson Weeks Orchestra. He was later the lead violinist with Tom Coakley when he took over that band upon Coakley's retirement from the music business. The Carl Ravazza or Carl Ravell Orchestra, with the theme song "Vieni Su", performed mainly in hotel venues in several cities in the United States. Ravazza later became a solo singer, settling in Reno, Nevada where he co-founded the Nevada Entertainment Agency in 1960.

Ravazza's 1937 version of "So Rare" may be the earliest recording of the song, although it is unclear whether it was the first released version. Recorded on June 4, 1937, it was released under the name of Carl Ravell and His Orchestra.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 21st, 1910, Died 1968

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, violin, director, leader, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-68645 10-in. 11/20/1933 Good morning glory Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-68648 10-in. 11/20/1933 Did you ever see a dream walking? Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra ; K. Ravazza Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus vocalist  
Victor PBS-79127 10-in. 3/24/1934 You may not be an angel (But I'll string along with you) Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-79128 10-in. 3/24/1934 Fair and warmer Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-79130 10-in. 3/24/1934 I'm satisfied Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra ; Carl Ravazza Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-79377 10-in. 9/25/1934 Your head on my shoulder Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-79378 10-in. 9/25/1934 As they strolled along the shore Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-79379 10-in. 9/25/1934 Lime House nights Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-88975 10-in. 5/28/1935 I'm just an ordinary human Carl Ravazza ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-88978 10-in. 5/28/1935 Rainbow Carl Ravazza ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor BS-88979 10-in. 5/28/1935 East of the sun (And west of the moon) Carl Ravazza ; Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-042363 10-in. 1/14/1940 Vieni su Carl Ravazza Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, vocalist, arranger, director  
Victor PBS-042364 10-in. 1/14/1940 Somebody told me they loved me Carl Ravazza Orchestra ; The Four of Us Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, violin, vocalist, director  
Victor PBS-042365 10-in. 1/14/1940 Crazy little dream Carl Ravazza Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist, director, instrumentalist, violin  
Victor PBS-042366 10-in. 1/14/1940 I loved you before I met you (For I saw you in my dreams) Carl Ravazza Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Victor BS-053243 10-in. 7/26/1940 Tessie, stop teasin' me Carl Ravazza Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Victor BS-053244 10-in. 7/26/1940 Love tales Carl Ravazza Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Victor BS-053245 10-in. 7/26/1940 South of Pago Pago Carl Ravazza Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Victor BS-053246 10-in. 7/26/1940 The night has a thousand eyes Carl Ravazza Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, violin, vocalist  
Victor BS-[Test]-1932 10-in. 5/28/1935 Thrills Tom Coakley Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Decca 73969 6/20/1947 Vieni su Carl Ravazza vocalist  
Decca 73970 6/20/1947 Pedro Carl Ravazza vocalist  
Decca DLA 609 10-in. 9/11/1936 It happened in Chicago Carl Ravazza Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 610 10-in. 9/11/1936 Twiddlin' my thumbs Carl Ravazza Orchestra leader, instrumentalist, violin  
Decca DLA 611 10-in. 9/11/1936 Sweetheart, let's grow old together Carl Ravazza Orchestra vocalist, leader, instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 1-25 of 26 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ravazza, Carl," accessed January 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103683.

Ravazza, Carl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103683.

"Ravazza, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103683

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