After serving in the military during World War II, Ray Conniff, 1916-2002, begn playing in various big bands. By the 1950s he was an arranger for the Columbia label who worked with such artists as Johnny Mathis, Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine, Johnny Ray, and others.
He formed his own orchestra and began backing many of the Columbia artists. He also began experimenting with adding vocalists to his music and eventually began recording under the name, The Ray Conniff Singers.
His sound was easy listening, yet it would prove very popular during the rock ‘n’ roll era. Between 1957-1968, he placed 28 releases in the American Top 40 and would eventually sell over 70 million albums.
His only top 40 single was issued during the summer of 1966. “Somewhere My Love” was was taken from the hit movie, Dr. Zhivago and reached number nine on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It would top the Adult Contemporary Chart.
Ray Conniff would continue to record and perform until just prior to death.