Friend of Ray wrote at 2014-07-01 23:56:20
There was also a Ray Lamere that sang with Sammy Kaye. Ray Michaels however was not Don Cornell. Ray was of Lebanese ancestry but I do not remember his original name. He married a show girl from Las Vegas and moved back to Brooklyn New York where we became friends. If you are able to find a picture of him you will notice he bore an uncanny resemblance to Tony Curtis and I believe actually doubled for him in a few movies.  

JConstantin99 wrote at 2014-11-28 22:18:18
It's been some time since the original post but I just came across it. I must clear the record. Ray Michaels was my uncle. He replaced Don Cornell as a primary vocalist with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra.


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I am a fan of all kinds of music, but my areas of expertise are in 1950-64 doowop, jazz, and top 40's music.


I grew up in New York listening to DJs Alan Freed, Jocko, Mort Fega (jazz), Alan Fredericks, Murray the K, Bruce Morrow, Clay Cole, William B. Williams, Wolfman Jack, Gus Gossert, Peter Tripp, Martin Block,Swing'n Slim. Extensive LP and CD collection.

Queens College and St. John's University MBA.

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