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 United Kingdom 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, "Rango", with Earle Hagen for the 1967 ABC situation comedy Rango . He also 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 to take a royalty instead.

Raleigh was killed in a kitchen fire in his home in Los Angeles, California, in 1997.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

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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  
Victor E1VB-0912 10-in. 1/27/1951 A hundred ways to break a heart Eddie Marshall ; Trail Dusters Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor E3FB-2700 10-in. 12/14/1953 El baion Orquesta Tito Rodriguez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
Victor D6VB-1369 10-in. 3/22/1946 Laughing on the outside, crying on the inside Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Billy Williams [1913-2001] Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D6VB-3124 10-in. 10/19/1946 The more I go out with somebody else Betty Hutton Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor D9VB-0165 10-in. 2/1/1949 You're so understanding Ray Dorey ; Larry Green Orchestra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Victor D9AB-2178 10-in. 8/18/1949 You're so understanding Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Raleigh, Ben," accessed May 26, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109543.

Raleigh, Ben. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 26, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109543.

"Raleigh, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 26 May 2024.

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

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