Ray Anthony's Yamaha

Discussion in 'Horns' started by Solar Bell, May 29, 2005.

  1. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    Anyone know about this one. It looks bogus


    Ray refers to himself in the third person in the letter?

    He actually played 4th trumpet for Glenn Miller and was only with the Miller band 6 months before he went home to Cleveland and then joined the military.

    Perhaps Ray played the lead book in the GMO of the '70 and '80s.

    On the first larger band session lead by GM (1935) there sat just two
    trumpeters, Bunny Berigan and Charlie Spivak.

    When Glenn signed with Decca in 1937, which is more commonly known as Glenn's
    first orchestra, he had Charlie, Ralph Capelli and Chuck Peterson. (my teacher)
    Ray didn't record with GMO until late 1940.

    Hope his trumpet finds an appreciative home. How many musicians today know
    who Ray was or are familiar with his significant contribution to the
    entertainment industry?
  2. GordonH

    GordonH Mezzo Forte User

    May 15, 2005
  3. GordonH

    GordonH Mezzo Forte User

    May 15, 2005
  4. alanbach

    alanbach Pianissimo User

    Dec 10, 2003
    South Wales U.K.
    I've got a cracking LP around somewhere from the 50s with him playing Flying Home with his own orchestra. His trumpet solo work on that is first class. He was married to the film actress Mamie Van Doren.....correct? :D
  5. tptdoofus

    tptdoofus New Friend

    Mar 23, 2004
    Somerset, KY
    Ray Anthony played a Selmer trumpet. And, "Flying Home" is on his "Jam Session at the Tower" album, and every track really swings. Nice melodic improvising by Ray.

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