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Ray Bloch

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The Resume

    (August 3, 1902-March 29, 1982)
    Born in Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire, France
    Middle name was Arthur
    Pianist and bandleader
    Leader of the Ray Bloch Orchestra
    Orchestra conductor for The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-71)
    Recorded ‘I Must Have Your Love,’ ‘There’s Something About a Soldier,’ ‘When Love Has Gone’ and ‘Together’
    Conducted for The Jackie Gleason Show and The Honeymooners

Why he might be annoying:

    Jackie Gleason used to introduce him as ‘the flower of the music world.’
    When he was asked for a comment after The Beatles' debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, he said: ‘The only thing that’s different is the hair, as far as I can see. I give them a year.’
    Ironically, very few - if any - of the songs he has written are well known contemporarily.

Why he might not be annoying:

    His family emigrated to the USA during World War I.
    He was a pianist in New York Ballrooms, then organized his own orchestra and toured the US in vaudeville.
    He started out as a radio pianist, then became a music director and arranger for radio and for television networks.
    His orchestra backed up singers Monica Lewis and the Five DeMarco Singers.
    He was on the original board of governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and also served on the board of the New York Friars' Club.

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 20 Votes: 55.00% Annoying