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Overview (2)

Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Escondido, California, USA  (following a stroke)

Mini Bio (1)

Ray Conniff was born on November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on There's Something About Mary (1998), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and Great Expectations (1998). He was married to Vera, Ann Marie Engberg and Emily Jo Ann Imhof. He died on October 12, 2002 in Escondido, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

Vera (1968 - 12 October 2002) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Ann Marie Engberg (August 1947 - ?) ( divorced)
Emily Jo Ann Imhof (1938 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Pictures of beautiful women featured on his record album covers

Trivia (11)

Composer, trombone player and bandleader, who had many hit records with his easy listening style of music.
In one of his last appearances, he performed "Somewhere My Love" at the wedding of David Gest and Liza Minnelli in March 2002.
Father of Tamara Conniff.
His musical background was gained from the gift of having musically-trained parents. His father, a trombone player, led a local band while his mother played the piano, and the young Ray followed in his parents' footsteps, eventually becoming more successful than the family could have ever dreamed. Conniff led a band while in high school. He moved to Boston and began playing with Dan Murphy's Musical Skippers. He then moved to New York during the swing era in the mid-1930s, where he found a job playing and arranging for Berigan in 1937. By 1939, he moved to Hollywood to join Bob Crosby's Bobcats.
The Ray Conniff Orchestra and Singers epitomized the lounge-singing style of the 1950s and 1960s with a mix of wordless vocal choruses and light orchestral accompaniment.
He is also credited with being at the forefront, if not the outright inventor of, a pop genre either critically lauded or loathed as "Easy Listening." As a result, his popularity waned with the rise of rock 'n' roll, but stars such as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, The Carpenters and Burt Bacharach benefited from his arrangements.
The album, 'S Wonderful, stayed on the Top 20 charts for nine months.
Won a Grammy Award for his recording of the Doctor Zhivago (1965) theme, "Somewhere My Love".
He released more than 100 recordings and produced twenty-five Top-40 albums for Columbia Records, and his recordings included renderings of New York, New York, 'S Wonderful, and Besame Mucho.
Had two top-40 singles, both on Columbia Records, in 1965: "Invisible Tears" and "Lara's Theme" (Somewhere, My Love) from Doctor Zhivago (1965).
April 23, 1956, he leads his orchestra for the American version of the French song "Donnez-moi tout ça" which was written in 1955 by Henri Betti (music) and André Hornez (lyrics). The English lyrics were written by William Engvick and the title song became "Give me More". The recording took place in New York and the song was sung by Don Cherry.

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