Ray Leatherwood

Ray Leatherwood (April 24, 1914 – January 29, 1996) was an American jazz double-bassist and session musician.

Leatherwood's career began in territory bands around Texas, including the Mustang Band. Late in the 1930s he worked with Joe Venuti, and in the following decade played in Bob Chester's and Tommy Dorsey's bands. During World War II he played in military bands in California, then played with Les Brown from 1947 into the next decade.

He worked extensively as a freelance studio musician in the 1950s and 1960s, primarily in jazz and pop music. He appeared on record with Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London (including on the hit song "Cry Me a River"), and Sonny James. Late in his life he played with Dick Cary's Tuesday Night Friends. He appeared on over 120 recordings in the genre of jazz alone.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 24th, 1914, Died January 29th, 1996

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 51 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-044232 10-in. 11/21/1939 Baby, what else can I do? Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-044233 10-in. 11/21/1939 Russian lullaby Bob Chester Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-044234 10-in. 11/21/1939 Why go on pretending? Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-044235 10-in. 11/21/1939 In the heart of the dark Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-044545 10-in. 1/2/1940 I've got no strings Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-044546 10-in. 1/2/1940 Easy does it Bob Chester Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-044547 10-in. 1/2/1940 Make love with a guitar Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-044548 10-in. 1/2/1940 Turn on the old music box Bob Chester Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-048740 10-in. 4/8/1940 They ought to write a book about you Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-048741 10-in. 4/8/1940 Secrets in the moonlight Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-048742 10-in. 4/8/1940 My wonderful one, let's dance Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-048743 10-in. 4/8/1940 We met each other in a dream Bob Chester Orchestra ; Bob Chester Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-050809 10-in. 5/17/1940 Maybe Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, string bass  
Victor BS-050811 10-in. 5/17/1940 Pushin' the conversation along Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill ; Al Stuart Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85530 12/1/1953 Moonlight serenade Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85531 12/1/1953 Tuxedo junction Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85532 12/1/1953 Little brown jug Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85533 12/1/1953 St. Louis blues march Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85534 12/1/1953 In the mood Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85535 12/1/1953 Chattanooga choo choo Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85536 12/1/1953 Pennsylvania 6-5000 Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85537 12/1/1953 American patrol Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 85566 12/1/1953 A string of pearls Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6085 2/16/1951 I'll be around Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6086 2/16/1951 If I loved you-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 51 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leatherwood, Ray," accessed August 15, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

Leatherwood, Ray. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

"Leatherwood, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 15 August 2020.

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