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Ray Ellis

In a career that began in the mid-1950s, Ray Ellis arranged the music for "Standing on the Corner" and "Moments to Remember" for the Four Lads; "Splish Splash" and "Dream Lover" for Bobby Darin; "Everybody Loves a Lover" for Doris Day; "Where the Boys Are" for Connie Francis; and "That Certain Smile" for Johnny Mathis. Ellis worked with producer Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records arranging a number of R&B classics, including Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem," Brook Benton's "There Goes My Baby" and the Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk." He also worked on some Ahmet Ertegun productions. Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Ellis took saxophone lessons as a teenager and played in dance bands in the Northeast before going into the Army in 1943

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Ray Ellis Arranger for Darin, Mathis, Day and Holiday Dies

Ray Ellis Arranger for Darin, Mathis, Day and Holiday Dies

Ray Ellis dies at 85; arranger worked with Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis, Doris Day, scores of others. Ellis, a saxophone player who turned to arranging pop music, wrote charts for hits by the Four Lads, Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Billie Holiday and many others. Ray Ellis, the versatile ...

Midnight Lace / Grand Jury

Label: Abracadabra Music
Released: 1960

Lady In Satin

Label: Columbia Records
Released: 1958


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