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Trombonist, Arranger and BandleaderCopyright © 2002
Ray Conniff was best known for the smooth pop music which made him a major star in the 1950s and 1960s. In the earlier part of his career, he was a trombonist, composer and arranger with the big bands of Bunny Berigan, Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw and Harry James.
He chose to study conducting and music theory in the late 1940s, and deliberately set about finding an audience-pleasing formula through studying recordings, television themes and jingles.
His peppy arrangements and wordless vocal choruses achieved considerable commercial success, both in his own recordings (he made over 100 albums) and in arrangements he made for various pop singers of the day at Columbia Records.
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