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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born June 16, 1913 (New York City), Died February 26, 1997 (Hollywood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
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|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||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||D9AB-2178||10-in.||8/18/1949||You're so understanding||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Raleigh, Ben," accessed June 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109543.
Raleigh, Ben. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109543.
"Raleigh, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 June 2023.
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Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Raleigh, Ben - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no93012917
Wikidata: Ben Raleigh - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q4886326
MusicBrainz: Ben Raleigh - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/831694b4-19cd-499e-87ea-45ce45592a10
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