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'S Continental

Ray Conniff

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Album Review

With 'S Continental, Ray Conniff returned to a familiar title (evoking his first three hit albums with their "'S" names) and a familiar approach. Once again the songs were secular standards, in this case many with a European origin (though "The Continental," of course, came from the continent of Hollywood), and the voices were back to "da-das" and "doot-doots." The result was another Top Ten hit and a lengthy stay in the charts, but Conniff's return to the form of his first albums accurately suggested that he was repeating himself, and this album marked the end of his most popular period.

Biography

Born: 06 November 1916 in Attleboro, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The man who popularized wordless vocal choruses and light orchestral accompaniment on a mix of popular standards and contemporary hits of the 1960s, Ray Conniff was a trombone player for Bunny Berigan's Orchestra and Bob Crosby's Bobcats before being hired as an arranger by Mitch Miller for Columbia Records in 1954. After he wrote the charts for several sizeable Columbia hits during the mid-'50s, Conniff became a solo artist as well, applying his arranging techniques to instrumental easy listening...
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