How rich is Ray Conniff? Net Worth, Money


Ray Conniff Net Worth

Ray Conniff makes how much a year? For this question we spent 18 hours on research (Wikipedia, Youtube, we read books in libraries, etc) to review the post.

The main source of income: Musicians
Total Net Worth at the moment 2024 year – is about $2,6 Million.



Ray Conniff information Birth date: November 6, 1916, Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States Death date: October 12, 2002, Escondido, California, United States Birth place: Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA Profession:Music Department, Soundtrack, Composer Parents:John Lawrence Conniff, Maude Angela Conniff

Height, Weight

:How tall is Ray Conniff – 1,88m.
How much weight is Ray Conniff – 53kg


Ray Conniff Net Worth
Ray Conniff Net Worth
Ray Conniff Net Worth
Ray Conniff Net Worth


Ray Conniff was born on November 6, 1916 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on The Help (2011), Theres Something About Mary (1998) and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). He was married to Vera, Ann Marie Engberg and Emily Jo Ann Imhof. He died on October 12, 2002 in Escondido, California, USA.
Biography,Conniff was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and learned to play the trombone from his father. He studied music arranging from a course book.Early careerAfter serving in the U.S. Army in World War II (where he worked under Walter Schumann), he joined the Artie Shaw big band and wrote many arrangements for him. After his stint with Shaw, he was then hired by Mitch Miller, then head of A&R at Columbia Records, as their home arranger, working with several artists including Rosemary Clooney, Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell and Johnnie Ray. He wrote a top 10 arrangement for Don Cherrys Band of Gold in 1955, a single that sold more than a million copies. Among the hit singles he backed with his orchestra (and eventually with a male chorus) were Yes Tonight Josephine and Just Walkin in the Rain by Johnnie Ray, Chances Are and Its Not for Me to Say by Johnny Mathis, A White Sport Coat and The Hanging Tree by Marty Robbins, Moonlight Gambler by Frankie Laine, Up Above My Head, a duet by Frankie Laine and Johnnie Ray, and Pet Me, Poppa by Rosemary Clooney. He also backed up the albums Tony by Tony Bennett, Blue Swing by Eileen Rodgers, Swingin for Two by Don Cherry, and half the tracks of The Big Beat by Johnnie Ray.In these early years he also produced similar-sounding records for Columbias Epic label under the name of Jay Raye (which stood for Joseph Raymond) amongst them a backing album and singles with Somethin Smith and the Redheads, an American male vocal group.Between 1957 and 1968, Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40, the most famous one being Somewhere My Love (1966). He topped the album list in Britain in 1969 with His Orchestra, His Chorus, His Singers, His Sound, an album which was originally published to promote his European tour (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in 1969. He also was the first American popular artist to record in Russia—in 1974 he recorded Ray Conniff in Moscow with the help of a local choir. His later albums like Exclusivamente Latino, Amor Amor, and Latinisimo made him very popular in Latin-American countries, even more so after performing in the Vina del Mar International Song Festival. In Brazil and Chile he was treated like a young pop superstar in the 1980s and 1990s when he was in his 70s and 80s. He even played live with his orchestra and eight-person chorus in large football stadiums as well as in Vina del Mar.Conniff commented, One time I was recording an album with Mitch Miller – we had a big band and a small choir. I decided to have the choir sing along with the big band using wordless lyrics. The women were doubled with the trumpets and the men were doubled with the trombones. In the booth Mitch was totally surprised and excited at how well it worked. Because of the success of his backing arrangements, and the new sound Conniff created, Miller allowed him to make his own record, and this became the successful ’s Wonderful!, a collection of standards that were recorded with an orchestra and a wordless singing chorus (four men, four women). He released many more albums in the same vein, including ’s Marvelous (1957, gold album), ’s Awful Nice (1958), Concert in Rhythm (1958, gold album), Broadway in Rhythm (1958), Hollywood in Rhythm (1959), Concert in Rhythm, Vol. II (1960), Say It With Music (1960), Memories Are Made of This (1960, gold album), and ’s Continental (1962). His second album was Dance the Bop! (1957). It was an experiment by one of the brass at Columbia to cash in on a conceived dance step creation, but from the outset, Conniff disliked it. When it sold poorly, he had it withdrawn from the market.The Ray Conniff SingersRay Conniff in 1967In 1959 he started The Ray Conniff Singers (12 women and 13 men) and released the album Its the Talk of the Town. This group brought him the biggest hit he ever had in his career: Somewhere My Love (1966). The lyrics of the albums title selection were written to the music of Laras Theme from the film Doctor Zhivago, and the result was a top 10 single in the US. The album reached the US top 20 and went platinum, and Conniff won a Grammy. The single and album also reached high positions in the international charts (a.o. Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan), whilst the first of four Christmas albums by the Singers, Christmas with Conniff (1959) was also successful. Nearly 50 years after its release, in 2004, Conniff was posthumously awarded a platinum album/CD. Other well-known releases by the Singers included Ray Conniffs Hawaiian album (1967), featuring the hit song Pearly Shells, and Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970), which included Conniffs original composition Someone, and remakes of such hits as All I Have to do is Dream, Ill Never Fall in Love Again, and Something.Musically different highlights in Conniffs career are two albums he produced in cooperation with Billy Butterfield, an old friend from earlier swing days. Conniff Meets Butterfield (1959) featured Butterfields solo trumpet and a small rhythm group, Just Kiddin Around (after a Conniff original composition from the 1940s), released 1963, featured additional trombone solos by Ray himself. Both albums are pure light jazz and did not feature any vocals.Later yearsConniff recorded in New York from 1955 through 1961 and mainly in Los Angeles from 1962 through 2000. Later in the 1960s he produced an average of two instrumental and one vocal album a year.In 1979, Conniff was hired to re-arrange and record a new version of Those Were The Days and Remembering You, the opening and closing themes to All In The Family for Carroll OConnors new spin-off, Archie Bunkers Place on CBS with a small ensemble, trombone solo, and honky-tonk piano.Conniff sold about 70 million albums worldwide, and continued recording and performing until his death in 2002.His deathHe died in Escondido, California, from a fall he suffered in a bathtub, and is buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. His grave marker bears a musical score with the first four notes of Somewhere My Love. Conniff left his wife, Vera, a daughter, Tamara Conniff, and three grandchildren, son Jimmy Conniff died in 2015.


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