SONG OF THE DAY Ray Anthony & His Orchestra – Palm Springs

“I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of my life. Music puts wings on the human soul. Nothing can touch people the way music can, and every day is a new opportunity to create, change, stretch, and reach for new heights doing something that I absolutely love – entertaining people through great music”  Ray Anthony

Until I heard Eden Ahbez’s fantastic rendition of this 1959 original (more from this artist tomorrow), I’d never had the pleasure of hearing today’s song, but I LOVE this enchanting piece of music!  Palm Springs featured on Ray Anthony’s 1959 album, More Dream Dancing and no matter how many times I listen to it, it never fails to captivate.  It’s sooooo dreamy! 

Bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter, and actor, Raymond Antonini (born January 20, 1922), better known as Ray Anthony is impressively still making music at the tender age of 98! His musical career is so extensive that it is hard to cover in one go, but this artist is the last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and never stopped making music since he started out in 1939!!  His Ray Anthony Orchestra has crowned five tremendous decades and whilst at Capitol Records Ray began making musical History when he started a new dance craze with The Bunny Hop.  During his years at Capitol, he also joined Frank Sinatra to record the hit, Melody of Love, for which Ray shared billing alongside Sinatra on the record – this was a rare and important event.

His talents didn’t stop at music and having conquered the live concert stage, Ray became a staple of the silver screen, appearing in over 15 motion pictures including the critically acclaimed Five Pennies.  Needless to say the list goes on an on and the wealth of his successes are seemingly endless.   

Palm Springs is the perfect lulling Sunday listen and once you press play you will soon find yourself scooped up into its wistful clutches! Check it out above. 

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