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 24, 1914, Died January 29, 1996

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

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Recordings (Results 101-125 of 133 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6087 2/16/1951 Red sails in the sunset-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6091 2/19/1951 Leap frog (theme)-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6092 2/19/1951 Blue moon-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6093 2/19/1951 With you, where you are Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6131 3/8/1951 Deep purple Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6132 3/8/1951 Azure Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6133 3/8/1951 That old black magic Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6179 3/24/1951 Very good advice Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6180 3/24/1951 T'was brillig Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6222 4/9/1951 Over the rainbow Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6223 4/9/1951 The moon was yellow Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6224 4/9/1951 Red wing Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6225 4/9/1951 Green eyes Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 6226 4/9/1951 The day isn't long enough Les Brown and his Band of Renown instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9073 3/28/1956 Tishomingo blues Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9074 3/28/1956 Search-light rag Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9075 3/28/1956 Way down yonder in New Orleans Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9076 3/28/1956 I would do anything for you Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 101-125 of 133 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leatherwood, Ray," accessed November 29, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

Leatherwood, Ray. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

"Leatherwood, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 29 November 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091

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