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Album Review

The kitsch enthusiast or novelty seeker will get a kick out of Ray Conniff's 1976 album I Write the Songs. Known primarily for orchestral versions of contemporary pop songs, his recordings during the late 1960s and early 1970s by himself and as Ray Conniff and the Singers included many straightforward recordings of current pop hits. This collection, sans singers, includes songs by Cole Porter, the Eagles, Captain & Tennille, Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, and an awesome medley of the Soul City Symphony's "The Hustle" and "I Only Have Eyes for You"! This fun easy listening album has great track listing. A cheerful artifact of the early 1970s. If you are going to revisit the Ray Conniff catalog, vinyl LP or 8-track is highly recommended.

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It after listening to that fantastic medley of The Hustle/I Only Have Eyes For You and Paloma Blanca you do not have a smile on your face, you are either dead or deaf. And if the redition of Begin the Beguine does not get your feet moving, ditto.


Born: November 6, 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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