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Don Raye

Don Raye (born Donald MacRae Wilhoite Jr., March 16, 1909 – January 29, 1985) was an American vaudevillian and songwriter, best known for his songs for The Andrews Sisters such as "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar", "The House of Blue Lights", "Just for a Thrill" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The latter was co-written with Hughie Prince.

While known for such wordy novelty numbers, he also wrote the lyrics to "You Don't Know What Love Is," a simple, poetic lament of unusual power. He also composed the song "(That Place) Down the Road a Piece," one of his boogie woogie songs, which has a medium bright boogie tempo. It was written for the Will Bradley Orchestra, who recorded it in 1940, but the song was destined to become a rock and roll standard, recorded by The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Foghat, Amos Milburn, Harry Gibson, and countless others. In 1940 he wrote the lyrics for the patriotic song "This Is My Country".

In 1985, Don Raye was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 16th, 1909 (Washington, D.C.), Died January 29th, 1985

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, vocalist, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-98364 10-in. 12/9/1935 (If I had) Rhythm in my nursery rhymes Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-98497 10-in. 1/6/1936 (If I had) Rhythm in my nursery rhymes Little Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-035782 10-in. 4/24/1939 Why begin again (Pastel blue) Three Reasons ; Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-036840 10-in. 5/1/1939 Why begin again? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-037137 10-in. 5/22/1939 Well all right! (Tonight's the night) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-037636 10-in. 6/13/1939 The shoemaker's holiday Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-037637 10-in. 6/13/1939 Well all right (Tonight's the night) Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-037638 10-in. 6/13/1939 Danger! Men blasting Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-040692 10-in. 8/29/1939 The monkeys have no tails in Pago Pago Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-041148 10-in. 7/31/1939 Just for a thrill Bob Chester Orchestra ; Kathleen Lane Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-041530 10-in. 8/10/1939 It's the tune that counts Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-041591 10-in. 8/21/1939 Just for a thrill Gray Gordon ; Cliff Grass ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-044312 10-in. 12/4/1939 Yodelin' jive Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-044636 10-in. 1/18/1940 I love you much too much Delta Rhythm Band ; Evelyn Poe ; Bob Zurke Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-047727 10-in. 2/29/1940 Let's have another one Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-048677 10-in. 4/9/1940 I love you much too much Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-049582 10-in. 3/28/1940 Sadie Hawkins' Day Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-050536 10-in. 5/8/1940 Rhumboogie Delta Rhythm Band ; Evelyn Poe ; Bob Zurke Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-051843 10-in. 7/11/1940 Rhumboogie Bob Chester Orchestra ; Al Stuart Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-056107 10-in. 9/12/1940 Beat me Daddy, eight to a bar Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Jack Lathrop Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-056161 10-in. 9/23/1940 Ready, get set, jump Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-058210 10-in. 12/3/1940 Scrub me mama, with a boogie beat Charlie Barnet Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-058892 10-in. 1/20/1941 Boogie woogie bugle boy Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Tommy Taylor Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-058894 10-in. 1/20/1941 You're a lucky fellow, Mr.Smith Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer ; Tommy Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-060437 10-in. 1/21/1941 Do you call that a buddy Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Butch Stone Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 1-25 of 45 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Raye, Don," accessed September 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106090.

Raye, Don. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106090.

"Raye, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106090

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