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Love is the Sweetest Thing
Ray Noble

Ray Noble was born in Brighton, England in 1903. He learned to play piano as a child and during his teens was given lessons in orchestration. Noble's skill for arranging impressed Jack Payne, bandleader for the BBC, who hired Noble as his arranger. Noble began recording on the HMV label as the director on the Mayfair Orchestra and was soon given label credit under his own name. From 1929 to 1934 Noble made over 500 records for HMV, also released in the U.S.A. on Victor. Noble wrote many hit songs, four of which are provided here. His classic Goodnight Sweetheart completes this album.

In late 1934, Noble, his wife Gladys, his manager and Al Bowlly, Noble's long time vocalist, came to the States, and started arranging for Paramount Studios. In early 1935 he formed a new band with several respected jazz musicians such as Charlie Spivac, Glenn Miller, Will Bradley, Bud Freeman and Claude Thornhill. In 1935 the band had its first recording session—cutting 7 songs including Soon. During 1935-36, Noble made many others including Top Hat.

Noble was also featured on radio as a prominent bandleader for both the Burns & Allen show and the popular Charlie McCarthy program, but his lasting legacy remains his wonderful compositions and prolific recordings.
  Track Song Title Artist Date Time
1 Love Is The Sweetest Thing Al Bowlly 1932 3:12
2 Let`s Face The Music And Dance Al Bowlly 1936 3:30
3 Dinner For One, Please, James Al Bowlly 1935 3:18
4 Soon Al Bowlly 1935 3:10
5 Top Hat Al Bowlly & The Freshmen 1935 3:24
6 Why Dream? Al Bowlly 1935 3:04
7 Double Trouble The Freshmen & Ray Noble 1935 2:51
8 The Piccolino Al Bowlly 1935 2:49
9 Yours Truly Is Truly Yours Al Bowlly 1936 3:05
10 After All, You`re All I`m After Al Bowlly 1934 2:49
11 I Wished On The Moon Al Bowlly 1935 3:16
12 One, Two, Button Your Shoe Al Bowlly 1936 2:17
13 Where Am I? (Am I In Heaven?) Al Bowlly 1935 3:26
14 Little Old Lady Al Bowlly 1936 2:54
15 Let`s Swing It The Freshmen 1935 2:28
16 If You Love Me Al Bowlly 1936 3:35
17 The Touch Of Your Lips Al Bowlly 1936 3:31
18 The Very Thought Of You Al Bowlly 1934 3:31
19 Dinah Ray Noble 1935 3:21
20 Easy To Love Al Bowlly 1936 3:11
21 Little Dutch Mill Al Bowlly 1934 2:27
22 There`s Something In The Air Al Bowlly 1936 2:54
23 Slumming On Park Avenue The Merry Macs & Ray Noble 1937 3:33
24 Let Yourself Go Al Bowlly & The Freshmen 1936 2:26
25 Now Al Bowlly 1936 2:48
26 I`ve Got You Under My Skin Al Bowlly 1936 2:55
27 I Hadn`t Anyone Till You Tony Martin 1938 3:03
28 St. Louis Blues Al Bowlly 1935 3:28
29 I`ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Howard Phillips 1937 2:43
30 You`re So Desirable Howard Phillips 1938 2:51
31 She Loves Me Not Al Bowlly 1934 2:46
32 I`ll Never Smile Again Larry Stewart 1940 2:45
33 Sleepy Time Gal Larry Stewart 1940 3:16
34 Linda Buddy Clark & Anita Gordon 1946 3:12
35 Goodnight, Sweetheart Al Bowlly 1931 3:20
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