domingo, 26 de julho de 2009

Ray Ellis - Ellis In Wonderland

  1. You Are Never Far Away From Me
  2. How About You
  3. For All We Know
  4. When I Fall In Love
  5. 36-26-36
  6. Alone Together
  7. Milk And Honey
  8. P.S. I Love You
  9. Love Is A Simple Thing
  10. You're My Girl
  11. Poor Butterfly
  12. Trust In Me
Ellis In Wonderland
Ray Ellis (28 July 1923 – 27 October 2008) was an American record producer, arranger and conductor. The orchestration for Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin (1958) is probably his best known work in the jazz vein.

Ellis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He arranged many hit records in the 1950s and 1960s. Included are classics such as "A Certain Smile" 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. His television theme music credits include NBC News At Sunrise with Connie Chung and the original cartoon series Spider-Man. 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.

Ellis also composed two extended themes for The Today Show, the first in 1971. It was used as the Friday closing theme (and eventually the show's full-time theme) until the end of the decade. Ellis composed a second Today Show theme based on the trademark NBC chimes. That theme was the NBC show's signature from 1978 to 1985 and has appeared irregularly on the morning program ever since.

Using the name of his wife Yvette Blais as a pseudonym, Ellis composed nearly all of the background music for cartoon studio Filmation from 1968 to 1982, according to the booklets for many of the DVDs for the studio's shows. Before adopting the Yvette Blais pseudonym, Ellis used the pseudonym Spencer Raymond on 1968's Fantastic Voyage, George Blais on some of Filmation's early '70s output and its feature films, and even the name of his then-teenaged son Marc Ellis on 1969's The Hardy Boys. (Marc would later become a composer in his own right, assisting his father without credit on later Filmation scores, and even receiving onscreen credit for co-composing the theme music to the 1979 Flash Gordon cartoon.) On 1978's Fabulous Funnies, Ellis was credited as Mark Jeffrey (opposite Lou Scheimer under the pseudonym David Jeffrey, which he occasionally used in the 70s). Ray Ellis was directly credited, however, for The Archie Show and Sabrina the Teenage Witch background music.

Ellis, who resided in Los Angeles, also composed the music for the 1980s US edition of Sale of the Century theme, along with Hot Streak, Scrabble, Scattergories and Time Machine with his son Marc that includes the Jack Grimsley's score from 1980 and the famed Reg Grundy Productions fanfare at the end of each broadcast.

Ellis died, age 85, of complications from melanoma on 27 October 2008 at an assisted-living facility in Encino, California. He was survived by sons Marc and Jeffrey.

Selective Discography:

* Barbra Streisand - The Third Album 1963, A Christmas Album & Simply Streisand both
1967 - (arranger and conductor)
* Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin 1958
* Ray Ellis - "Ellis In Wonderland"
* Sarah Vaughan - "Broken Hearted Melody"
* The Drifters - "Drip Drop"
* Johnny Mathis - "A Certain Smile"
* The Four Lads - "Standing On The Corner"
* Emmylou Harris - Gliding Bird 1970
* Harold Land - "A Lazy Afternoon" 1995

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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