Conductor, composer, arranger, saxophonist, clarinetist and record producer Ray Ellis has arranged for a dozen million-selling records. A student of the saxophone from age twelve, he learned all the reed instruments by age fifteen. By sixteen he began working with name bands, and joined the US Army during World War II during which he arranged for the Army Band at Fort Knox. Following his discharge he joined the staff of a Philadelphia radio station, and by the 1950s he was in New York arranging for the The Four Lads first recording sessions. By 1961 he signed an exclusive recording contract with RCA Victor.