RAY ANTHONY Presents Kitty Oliver, Natalie Moore, B/W Photograph


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“Ray Anthony (born Raymond Antonini; January 20, 1922) is an American bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter, and former actor.[1] He is the last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


Anthony was born to an Italian family in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, but moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied the trumpet. He played in Glenn Miller‘s band from 1940 to 1941[2] and appeared in the Glenn Miller movie Sun Valley Serenade before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II as Miller joined the Army organizing another famous military band before his 1944 disappearence over the English Channel. After the war he formed his own group. The Ray Anthony Orchestra which became popular in the early 1950s with “The Bunny Hop“, “Hokey Pokey“, and the memorable theme from the radio / television police detective series Dragnet.[3] He had a No. 2 chart hit with a recording of the tune “At Last” in 1952; it was the highest charting pop version of the song in the U.S. His 1962 recording ‘Worried Mind’ received considerable radio airplay.

In 1953, Anthony and his orchestra were featured when Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly headlined a summer replacement program for Perry Como‘s CBS television show.[4]

From 1953 to 1954, Anthony was musical director of the television series TV’s Top Tunes, and he also appeared as himself with his orchestra in the 1955 musicale / dance film Daddy Long Legs starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron.[3] In 1955 he married actress Mamie Van Doren. Their son Perry Ray was born on March 18, 1956. Anthony then began expanding his acting career.[5] In 1956–1957 he starred in a short-lived television variety show, The Ray Anthony Show. Anthony also appeared in several films during the late 1950s, including The Five Pennies (in which he portrayed Jimmy Dorsey),[6] and Van Doren’s movies High School Confidential (as “Bix”) and Girls Town. In the 1959–1960 television season, he guest-starred in the episode “Operation Ramrod” of star David Hedison‘s espionage series Five Fingers on NBC. Anthony and his band appeared in the movie The Girl Can’t Help It (1956).[6] In 1957, Anthony and his orchestra recorded the music score for the film This Could Be The Night,[6] with vocals performed by Julie Wilson.”                                                                                                      From















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