Search Options

Get Download Manager Now
Newsletter Archive
Find Us in Facebook
Follow Us on Twitter

Classiscsonline Home » Composers » R » Raye, Don

 Update me on new releases by Raye

Don Raye (3/16/1909 - 1/29/1985)

Donald McRae Wilhoite, Junior
Composer, Lyricist, Dancer

Don Raye was born in Washington, D.C. As a dancer, he won the state championship in the Charleston and Black Bottom categories while still a teenager. Raye went on to perform internationally in Vaudeville, both singing and dancing, but settled down in his mid-twenties to study advertising and literature at New York University.

He soon returned to the music profession, taking a job as a songwriter with a music publishing house in New York and then for Hollywood studios. Most notable were his boogie-woogie numbers, which became hits for the Andrews Sisters and in turn helped to shape that genre.

Over his career he wrote hundreds of songs, often collaborating with Gene De Paul. Their “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (1941) won an Academy Award nomination, and “Down the Road Apiece” (1941) reemerged in the 1960s, performed first by Chuck Berry and then the Rolling Stones. Within the jazz genre, Raye is best known for his contributions to “You Don’t Know What Love Is” (1941), “I’ll Remember April”(1941), and “Star Eyes” (1946).

-- Jeremy Wilson

Courtesy of


Page :    1   2   3   4   5   6


Affiliates  |  Classical Points  |  Press Room  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy

ClassicsOnline Newsletter Archive

Monthly Features on ClassicsOnline

Why choose ClassicsOnline?
ClassicsOnline is your source for classical music new releases, rare catalog, historical recordings and exclusive bargains. Our vast classical music catalog has over 1 Million tracks from more than 50,000 albums available in DRM-free MP3 (320kbps) and FLAC (lossless format). More than 500 new albums are added each month, all of which are carefully indexed, and searchable by Composer, Artist, Work and Label. Membership is free, and registration includes 5 free tracks for download. Get a free track every week and gain access to exclusive classical deals when you subscribe to our newsletter. ClassicsOnline was honored in 2010 as the Best Classical Download Site by the MIDEM Classical Awards Jury.

Some titles may not be available in all countries because of possible copyright or licensing restrictions.

Copyright © 2016 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved. – Your Classical Music Download Source
9:46:19 AM Thursday, May 5, 2016  -230-
This site is now closed, but it has been replaced with our exciting new service ClassicsOnline HD•LL.   x
Continue to buy your downloads at our new store, which now offers all content in lossless CD quality  
formats, in addition to MP3, and thousands of high-definition titles. To learn more, click here.  
Note that previously registered customers may still login to view their accounts until further notice.  

ClassicsOnline customers will not be able to use their log in to access the new HD site. Please create a new ClassicsOnline HD•LL account to download albums, subscribe to streaming, create playlists and more!