Ray Linn

Not related to actor-singer Ray Linn Jr. (1914–1994).

Ray Linn (October 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois – 4 November 1996 in Columbus, Ohio) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Linn's first major engagements came in the late 1930s, playing with Tommy Dorsey (1938–41) and Woody Herman (1941-42). He would return to play with Herman again several times, in 1945, 1947, and 1955–59. In the 1940s he spent time with Jimmy Dorsey (1942–45), Benny Goodman (1943, 1947), Artie Shaw (1944–46), and Boyd Raeburn (1946). He moved to Los Angeles in 1945, where he worked extensively as a studio musician, in addition to playing with Bob Crosby (1950–51) and his extended final tenure with Herman. He spent much of the 1960s playing music for television, including The Lawrence Welk Show.

Linn recorded eight tunes as a leader in 1946, and full-length albums in 1978 and 1980, the latter of which are Dixieland jazz efforts.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 20, 1920 (Chicago), Died November 4, 1996 (Columbus)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 179 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-051280 10-in. 6/13/1940 Quiet please! (It's the drummer in me) Tommy Dorsey ; Buddy Rich ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance band, with drum solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-051878 10-in. 7/17/1940 So what! Tommy Dorsey ; Don Lodice ; Sentimentalists Jazz/dance band, with tenor saxophone solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055108 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swing time up in Harlem Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055109 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swing high Ziggy Elman ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with trumpet soloist instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055110 10-in. 10/16/1940 Do you know why Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055111 10-in. 10/16/1940 Isn't that just like love Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor PBS-055112 10-in. 10/16/1940 Swanee River Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060346 10-in. 1/20/1941 I tried Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060347 10-in. 1/20/1941 Dolores The Pied Pipers ; Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060348 10-in. 1/20/1941 For you Jo Stafford ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060349 10-in. 1/20/1941 Without a song Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060900 10-in. 2/17/1941 Will you still be mine? Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060901 10-in. 2/17/1941 You betcha my life Connie Haines ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060902 10-in. 2/17/1941 Let's get away from it all The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060903 10-in. 2/17/1941 Let's get away from it all Connie Haines ; The Pied Pipers ; Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet and mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060904 10-in. 2/17/1941 I love it so Paul Mason ; The Pied Pipers ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor CS-060905 12-in. 2/17/1941 Deep river Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor CS-060906 12-in. 2/17/1941 Swing low, sweet chariot Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060907 10-in. 2/17/1941 Serenade to the spot Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-060908 10-in. 2/17/1941 Yes indeed! Sy Oliver ; Jo Stafford ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 69311 10-in. 6/5/1941 Love me a little Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 69312 10-in. 6/5/1941 Hey doc! Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 69313 10-in. 6/5/1941 Don't cry, cherie Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 69314 10-in. 6/5/1941 Prisoner of love Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 69315 10-in. 6/5/1941 There goes that song again Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 179 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Linn, Ray," accessed March 1, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109743.

Linn, Ray. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109743.

"Linn, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 1 March 2024.

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