Ray Ellis

Ray Ellis (July 28, 1923 – October 27, 2008) was an American record producer, arranger, conductor, and saxophonist. He was responsible for the orchestration in Billie Holiday‘s Lady in Satin (1958).

Raymond Spencer Ellis was born in Philadelphia. He arranged many hit records in the 1950s and 1960s. Included are classics such as “A Certain Smile” and “Wild is the Wind” by Johnny Mathis, “Broken Hearted Melody” by Sarah Vaughan, and “Standing on the Corner” by the Four Lads. In 1970, he produced Emmylou Harris‘ debut LP Gliding Bird.

Ellis’ work encompassed all areas of music, from records to film, commercials, and television. In the early 1960s, Ellis had a contract to produce his own easy listening record albums with RCA Victor, MGM, and Columbia, the most popular probably being Ellis in Wonderland. His television credits include theme music for NBC News At Sunrise with Connie Chung and the background and incidental music for the first season of the original Spider-Man cartoons.

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