The songs of the late English bandleader and composer, Ray Noble, are very much of the type for which many take a historical look backwards in saying, They don't write songs like that -anymore. And without denigrating the wonderful output of songwriters of today, songs like those in Noble's amazing catalog are simply not being written today.
The coterie of classic songs, included the enduring, The Very Thought Of You, The Touch Of Your Lips, “Love Is The Sweetest Thing and I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You, the latter highly popularized by the famed Tommy Dorsey Band in the late '30s. Many of those remarkable songs were given prominent voice when Ray Noble led in the words of the New York Times' John Wilson, an extraordinary American jazz band, in the RCA Building's glittering centerpiece, The Rainbow Room.
Born in Brighton, England, in 1907, Noble from an early moment in his life showed distinctive musical tendencies. He studied piano and. arranging as a youth, and at 19, won an arranging competition staged by the English journal of popular music and jazz, The Melody Maker. At 21, he became a staff arranger for the BBC and a year later was named a musical advisor for His Master's Voice (HMV) Records.
For HMV, he became conductor of its house band, known as the New Mayfair Orchestra. The original New Mayfair Orchestra, composed usually of top flight sidemen from other bands in London, was inherited from The Savoy Hotel bandleader, Carroll Gibbons.