Don Ray
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Author:  Pete Denis [ Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:49 am ]
Post subject:  Don Ray

Don Ray

Disco Artist and Producer (b. 195? to present)

Don Ray was born in Germany, some time in the 1950s. His real name is RAYMOND DONNEZ, and he was raised in France. Other then those facts, no-one really knows much else about him.

I do know his history, and a little bit more. I will share it with all of you. Don Ray was a DISCO person. He loved the music, and dedicated himself to recording the best DISCO record. I think he might have succeeded.

Don Ray's legacy will be a DISCO producer and a "one-hit-wonder". It really does describe him. He was a ONE HIT WONDER, but what a ONE HIT it was. In 1978, Don Ray released his one and only album,"The Garden Of Love". Inside that album was some fantastic music. Every song was played in DISCOS, especially progressive and GAY clubs. There were two cuts that were played in every DISCO. STANDING IN THE RAIN was Euro-Disco at its finest. A DISCO CLASSIC that featured heavy keyboards and horns. But DON RAY is proudest of, and remembered for a song that could be considered the very BEST DISCO SONG EVER!!!!Every deejay in the WORLD was playing "GOT TO HAVE LOVING".

I burned this song out. My copies had to be replaced because of extensive, heavy play. I had plenty of company. All major deejays had at least two copies to perform their LIVE re-mix versions. GOT TO HAVE LOVING ruled the PRIME TIME hours for a full year. It was the most special of songs that captivated the dancers, and utilizled the deejays to maximize the songs' effect and longevity. The drums were so strong, so forceful, so loud. I would like to play with them, and bounce them from speaker to speaker all around the room. If you had a good light show, this was the song to play with them. A strobe light bouncing off a DISCO BALL while the drums are rolling was spectacular. This was such a perfect DISCO song. It was a great mixing record. It lent itself to every conceivable way of mixing. Blends, chops, cuts. This was the song for that!! I remember using the drum solos to mix in FUNKYTOWN during its drum solo. PERFECT!! Don Ray was a ONE HIT WONDER who could have given us the BEST DISCO SONG OF ALL TIME!! BRILLIANT!!

Don Ray started with famed "Je T'aime" vocalist SERGE GAINSBORG in 1968. It is believed that the keyboards in that classic French ballad was DON RAY himself? Then when DISCO appeared, Don Ray showed up in CERRONE'S, "Love in 'C'Minor" album. Don was the man responsible for the first two SANTA ESMERALDA albums. He then partnered with Alec Costandinos, and the DISCO CLASSIC "ROMEO AND JULIET". He was LOVE & KISSES!! Then back to work with CERRONE in SUPERNATURE and subsequent albums.

DON RAY was a DISCO GOD!!---- He suddenly vanished from the scene when the eighties arrived. GONE! No-one knew what happened? There were rumors, he was threatened by his competition? He owed someone lots of money? The MOB was after him? NO, none of that was true. Nothing so intriguing. DON just LOVED DISCO, and when it "Died", he faded away, back to France. He worked and produced some French artists, but stayed in the shadows.

Ready for this, Today Don Ray works as a singer/pianist in a restaurant's Piano Bar in PARIS!!-- He simply loved it so much, that when it was gone, so was he!! He did leave behind, what arguably is the BEST DISCO SONG EVER!!!

Again, if these are not the facts, next time, please post them yourself.

Author:  DJ Brother Love [ Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:01 am ]
Post subject:  GOT TO HAVE LOVIN

DON RAY, the man was responsible for so much great music, and not just his songs. This was a disco genius. He made music for those who like to dance. But I seriously doubt he is playing in a Piano bar somewhere! Nice story though.

Author:  Jay Negron [ Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:20 am ]
Post subject:  Raymond Donnaz aka Don Ray

"CRYSTAL WORLD" by Crystal Grass was a #1 Disco Hit in the Fall of 1975.

It was on the first wave of imports (along with Biddu Orch., Tina Charles, Bimbo Jet, & Jesse Green) to get picked up by the US record companys to be released solely on DISCO play.

The musicians were a mystery back then.
All it said on the 45 was produced by Raymond Donnaz.
The excitement of the rhythm, the crackling of the horns and the drums---THOSE DRUMS!!!---->was a just a small scent of what was to come a few years later!!! (Pete describes above)

This song is known to be Don Ray & Cerrone's first disco hit,

http://rcpt.yousendit.com/612086973/7e0 ... 42c4f59f85

Author:  Pete Denis [ Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:46 am ]
Post subject:  This was a good song!

This was a very good song too. I played it very little though. But it was very good. I remember many deejays playing it big time.

Author:  Discoguy [ Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:33 am ]
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Hi guys !

I'm happy you brought up Dan Ray's name... Because THAT's someone I would love to interview for Disco-Disco.com...
I just LOVE "Got To Have Lovin'" - all-time classic and favorite...
SO - if anyone ever finds out where to get in touch with the man - make sure to let me know, because I know all of us in here would love to know more about him !!!

Disco-on !


Author:  Starr Inc. [ Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: GOT TO HAVE LOVIN

DJ Brother Love wrote:
But I seriously doubt he is playing in a Piano bar somewhere! Nice story though.

But he does! Just for fun and he's still active in the music biz also. Still works with his old gang, Cerrone, Wisniak,...

Although he's a bonafide Discolegend, his greatest achievements however were in the world of French chanson. He worked with numerous French performers and had a lot of hit records together with 'em.

Here's an impressive list:


He already received an Oscar by the French music society but I guess we can say that he definitely deserves a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Disco community!

Author:  DJ Ed Martin [ Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:05 am ]
Post subject:  Very Impressive

Very Impressive STARR. That is right, he is from your part of the forrest. Have you gone and seen him playing piano? I certainly would if I was around there! Don Ray certainly was the bomb!

Author:  Starr Inc. [ Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Very Impressive

DJ Ed Martin wrote:
Have you gone and seen him playing piano?

Yes, I met him together with Marc (Cerrone). Very humble and shy guy. But a real gentlemen, wonderful person!

Author:  Pete Denis [ Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:43 am ]
Post subject:  STARR-- REMEMBER!!

Someone claimed that that was pure fabrication on that site. Called me a liar!
He told me there was no-way Don Ray would play piano at a lounge. Ohh, that irritates me now!! --- Anyhow, does he play any of his hits?? LOL-- BTW, I would love to go to a piano bar here in Miami and find KC playing there!! Years ago, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes had interest in a Steak House, and they played there nightly while they had a part of the place. But that is not the same is it?

Author:  pflext [ Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:42 am ]
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Just like you Pete, I burned out 3 copies of this album not to mention the Crystal Grass LP :twisted:

Both brilliant tracks. :wink:

Don Ray is a legend. :)

Author:  Pete Denis [ Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:13 am ]
Post subject:  Heart & Soul

Did anyone out there play HEART & SOUL? If not, why not?

Author:  Pete Denis [ Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:27 am ]
Post subject:  Was There Ever A 12"?

GOT TO HAVE LOVIN- a great hit, but somehow, I never got a 12" version. I assume that there was one. I never seen it. Is it any different then the Album version I played?

Author:  pflext [ Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:38 am ]
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Says its around 8 mins long. I'm @ work so I can't check my album but I think it's the same length.

Author:  Dancer [ Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:21 am ]
Post subject:  album & 12''

Don't worry Pete,album and 12'' mix are exactly the same.

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