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Ray Evans

  • Birth 4 Feb 1915 Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
  • Death 15 Feb 2007 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 17956405

Songwriter. In the 1930s, he teamed up with composer Jay Livingston and together were considered among Hollywood's greatest songwriters. The team wrote 26 songs that reportedly sold more than 1 million copies each. He was awarded best song Academy Award Oscars for "Buttons and Bows" (1948), "Mona Lisa" (1950) and "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" (1956). Evans earned four other Oscar nominations for "The Cat and the Canary" (1945), "Tammy" (1957), "Almost in Your Arms" (1958) and "Dear Heart" (1964). His Christmas classic, "Silver Bells," recorded by hundreds of artists has sold more than 500 million records to date and continues to sell 3 million annually. He also co-composed the themes for the classic television shows "Bonanza" and "Mr. Ed." He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in 1977. He died of a heart attack.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 16 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17956405
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Evans (4 Feb 1915–15 Feb 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17956405, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .