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Ray Eberle

Singer from United States of America

Ray Eberle Raymond "Ray" Eberle (born January 19, 1919, Hoosick Falls, New York — died August 25, 1979, Douglasville, Georgia) was a vocalist during the Big Band Era. Eberle sang with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He was born in Hoosick Falls, New York. His father, John A. Eberle, was a local policeman, sign-painter, and publican (tavern-keeper). His elder brother was Big Band singer, Bob Eberly, who sang with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Ray started singing in his teens, with no formal training. In 1938, Glenn Miller, who was looking for a male vocalist for his big band, asked Eberly if he had any siblings at home who could sing. Bob said "yes", and Ray was hired on the spot. Music critics and Miller's musicians were reportedly unhappy with Eberle's vocal style but Miller stuck with him. Ray Eberle went on to find success with Miller, deeming the songs for Orchestra Wives, such as the jazz standard "At Last", to be among his favorites as there were songs he could "sink my teeth into, and make a story out of". He appeared in the Twentieth Century Fox movies, Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). He made one Universal film, Mister Big, making a cameo appearance as himself. Eberle  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Eberle, Ray
Date of birth
1919-01-19
Place of birth
Mechanicville
Nationality
United States of America
Siblings
Bob Eberly
Profession
Singer

Death

Date of death
1979-08-25
Place of death
Douglasville

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