Ben Raleigh

Ben Raleigh (June 16, 1913, New York – February 26, 1997, Hollywood) was an American lyricist and composer responsible for a number of major hits, including "Dungaree Doll", "Wonderful! Wonderful!", "Hold on Girl", "She's a Fool", "I Don't Wanna Be a Loser", "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)", “Love is a Hurtin' Thing”, “Tell Laura I Love Her” and "That's How Heartaches Are Made". His songs were recorded by artists such as Eddie Fisher, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Darin, The Monkees, Dinah Shore, Lesley Gore, Ray Peterson and Lou Rawls. "Tell Laura I Love Her" reached No.1 in the UK in 1960. "Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)" peaked at No.3 in the United States in 1946.

Raleigh composed the theme song to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! with David Mook. Hanna-Barbera attempted to buy him out, but he declined and chose a royalty instead.

He was killed as a result of a kitchen fire in his home in Los Angeles in 1997.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 16th, 1913 (New York City), Died February 26th, 1997 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-053493 10-in. 9/25/1940 You walk by Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-053518 10-in. 10/7/1940 You walk by Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-057054 10-in. 10/29/1940 You walk by Kenny Baker Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BS-065690 10-in. 6/9/1941 Wasn't it you? Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-065994 10-in. 6/18/1941 Wasn't it you? Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-066104 10-in. 6/11/1941 Wasn't it you? Bob Carroll ; Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; The Quintones Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Raleigh, Ben," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109543.

Raleigh, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109543.

"Raleigh, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109543

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