Great Contemporary Instrumental Hits
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||Happy Together||Ray Conniff||3:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It's Too Late||Ray Conniff||2:51||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||I Don't Know How to Love Him||Ray Conniff||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Taste of Honey||Ray Conniff||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Never Can Say Goodbye||Ray Conniff||2:36||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||Conniff's Dance of the Hours||Ray Conniff||3:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tijuana Taxi||Ray Conniff||2:37||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||Put Your Hand In the Hand||Ray Conniff||2:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Want to Hold Your Hand||Ray Conniff||3:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Delilah||Ray Conniff||2:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Superstar||Ray Conniff||3:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra and Chorus returned to arrangements with wordless vocals on this rather generically titled 1971 collection, as the chirpy boys and girls filled in the mostly familiar melodies with ahhs, da-das, and do-dos while the band ran through slightly jazzed-up arrangements that owed a lot to the original hit recordings. The title was somewhat belied by the contents. True, recent big hits like Carole King's "It's Too Late" and two selections from Jesus Christ Superstar ("I Don't Know How to Love Him" and "Superstar") were included. But the choices ranged back to 1967's "Happy Together" and even further, such as 1964's "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (done as a delicate ballad) and "A Taste of Honey," hit versions of which dated back to 1962. (That was one of two songs, the other being "Tijuana Taxi," familiar from Herb Alpert's repertoire, and it didn't seem quite fair to be borrowing from another easy listening artist.) Then there was "Conniff's Dance of the Hours," which classical music buffs might have thought of as Ponchielli's and which pop fans would have recognized as the music for Allan Sherman's 1963 comic hit "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp)." Oh, well, so it wasn't exactly all "great contemporary instrumental hits." It was performed with the usual verve associated with Conniff's troops.
Born: November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, MA
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s