Image Source: Wikipedia

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 21, 1910, Died July 28, 1968

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1947

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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-26 of 26 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca DLA 612 10-in. 9/11/1936 I can't pretend Carl Ravazza Orchestra instrumentalist, violin, leader, vocalist  
(Results 26-26 of 26 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ravazza, Carl," accessed December 7, 2023,

Ravazza, Carl. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2023, from

"Ravazza, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 December 2023.

DAHR Persistent Identifier


Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license


Send the Editors a message about this record.