Bandleader, composer who recorded theme to ' Doctor Zhivago ' ; 85 Ray Conniff, the composer, trombone player and bandleader who won a Grammy Award for his recording of the " Doctor Zhivago " theme " Somewhere My Love " has died. He was Conniff had more than recordings and produced 25 Top 40 albums for Columbia Records. He produced 10 gold and two platinum records. Conniff broke out as a solo artist after being hired as a house arranger with Columbia Records in Conniff as a featured performer with a big band mix that included guitarists Al Caiola and Tony Mottola.
His debut album, " S ' Wonderful, " in which he combined a chorus of four men and four women with a traditional big band mix of 18 instruments, stayed on the Top 20 charts for nine months. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Virgin Books. Retrieved Australian Chart Book — illustrated ed. St Ives, N. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 February Archived from the original on 7 April Retrieved 9 March Conniff as a featured performer with his first album, ''S' Wonderful,'' in which he combined a chorus of four men and four women with a traditional big-band mix of 18 instruments.
The debut album stayed on the Top charts for nine months. A article in McCall's magazine described his ''singers who 'play' their voices as though they were instruments, more like subtly fluted woodwinds than singing. His twelve Top Ten LPs and well over 50 million total albums sold made him one of the most popular artists ever. A article in McCall's magazine described his band as "singers who 'play' their voices as though they were instruments, more like subtly fluted woodwinds than singing.
His popularity waned with the rise of rock 'n' roll but his repertoire began to include songs made popular by soft-rockers such as The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Fifth Dimension, and covers of songs such as of "Laughter in the Rain," "I Write the Songs," and "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing. Conniff received countless international awards, continued touring and produced about an album a year. Brand Publishing. Times Events. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime.
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