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 126-133 of 133 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 9077 3/28/1956 Cajun lament Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9078 3/30/1956 Do you know what it means to ; miss New Orleans Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9079 3/30/1956 Blue turning grey over you Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9080 3/30/1956 Basin Street blues Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9081 3/30/1956 Bayou lullaby Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9082 4/4/1956 Du à  Ferdinand Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9083 4/4/1956 New Orleans Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9084 4/4/1956 Black and blue Marvin Ash and his Dixie Blue Blowers instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 126-133 of 133 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leatherwood, Ray," accessed November 26, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

Leatherwood, Ray. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112091.

"Leatherwood, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 26 November 2022.

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

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