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 Ray Ellington

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Ray Ellington

  • Birth 17 Mar 1916
  • Death 28 Feb 1985
  • Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 19188

Musician. Born to an American father and Russian mother in London, he was a popular English singer, drummer and bandleader. His big break came in 1937, when he joined the Harry Roy Orchestra as the band's drummer and he recorded his first record "Swing for Sale". Through records and many radio broadcasts, he became known in many households across the country. After a while, he fronted his own be-bop group the Ray Ellington Quartet in 1947, performed on radio and television broadcasts and was signed to Parlophone Records in 1948. For the rest of his life, he continued to record for various labels and also performed at many exclusive English venues to include the White Elephant Club in Chelsea and the prestigious London Hilton "Roof Top" restaurant in Park Lane.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 27 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19188
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Ellington (17 Mar 1916–28 Feb 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19188, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .