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Ray Bolger

Raymond Wallace Bolger (January 10, 1904 – January 15, 1987) was an American film and television actor, vaudevillian, singer, dancer (particularly of tap) and stage performer (particularly musical theatre) who started in the silent film era. He was a major Broadway performer in the 1930s and beyond (see below). He is best known for his role as the Scarecrow and his Kansas counterpart farm worker "Hunk" in MGM's classic The Wizard of Oz (1939) and the villainous Barnaby in Walt Disney's musical fantasy Babes in Toyland. He was also the host of his eponymous television show, The Ray Bolger Show.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 10, 1904 (Massachusetts), Died January 15, 1987 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, speaker

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 73698 9/30/1946 The story of the churkendoose, part 1 Ray Bolger speaker, vocalist  
Decca 73699 9/30/1946 The story of the churkendoose, part 2 Ray Bolger speaker, vocalist  
Decca 74760 2/15/1949 Make a miracle Ray Bolger vocalist  
Decca 74761 2/15/1949 Once in love with Amy Ray Bolger vocalist  
Decca 75660 1/4/1950 A little girl from Little Rock Ray Bolger ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 75661 1/4/1950 Diamonds are a girl's best friend Ray Bolger ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 75662 1/4/1950 Dearie Ray Bolger ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 75663 1/4/1950 I said my pajamas Ray Bolger ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 75872 2/20/1950 It's so nice to have a man around the house Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 75873 2/20/1950 If I knew you were comin', I'd 've baked a cake Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 76389 5/19/1950 The lake song Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 76390 5/19/1950 Don't believe it Ray Bolger ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 76399 5/22/1950 Francie Ray Bolger vocalist  
Decca 76400 5/22/1950 You can't take it with you Ray Bolger vocalist  
Decca 76515 5/22/1950 Max Mainspring, the mechanical man: Part 1 Ray Bolger speaker, vocalist  
Decca 76516 5/22/1950 Max Mainspring, the mechanical man: Part 2 Ray Bolger speaker, vocalist  
Decca 80603 2/23/1951 Once upon a nickel Ray Bolger ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 80604 2/23/1951 Oldies Ray Bolger ; Ethel Merman vocalist  
Decca 80648 3/6/1951 The foot foot song Ray Bolger vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bolger, Ray," accessed May 23, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200937.

Bolger, Ray. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200937.

"Bolger, Ray." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 23 May 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/200937

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