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Coussins -Singer, composer, conductor, arranger and player of great songs,
Ray Coussins is an internationally experienced musical director, piano player and singer. He was classically trained as a pianist and when he was only nine years of age, his talent was such that he was a guest pianist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Scotland in his native city of Glasgow Scotland. Ray was also one of the youngest ever L.R.A.M (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. Coming from a musical family, his father Jack was a band leader, Ray turned to his love of Jazz and standards and subsequently became interested in other kinds of music. Ray has since worked for the past 30 years in most musical forms playing, arranging or composing in Jazz, Classical, Modern, Pop and Big Band. An exceptionally gifted musician, his performances leave a lasting impression on anyone that is fortunate to hear him play and sing.
What the Press have said:
· No matter the type of music, Ray Coussins proves himself to be an extraordinary pianist and singer-VARIETY
· His technique is so good that everything he plays comes out special-SHOWTIME
Please click here to read a recent crit on his appearance with Roz Ryan.
So who is Ray Coussins?
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ray moved to America some time ago. He has travelled and wowed audiences all over the globe.
He worked for a time in the emergent nation of South Africa where he topped the charts with several hits including a cover version of the Stevie Wonder hit, ‘Uptight’ which was top of the SA charts for months. Ray has recorded a number of hits over his career. He opened for most of the big touring acts that visited SA from all over the globe.
He appeared o the biggest talent shoe in the UK during the 1960s as a young entertainer.
Extracted from the New Musical Express No. 696 6 May 1960 Tremendous Chart-topping News [Everly Brothers tour] 2 Charlton, Bruce Steve Lawrence Is Joining Top Class 2 Goodwin, Keith Craig Douglas Gives Credit for "Heart" to Composers [Bill Crompton, Morgan Jones, "Heart of a Teenage Girl"] 3 Hellicar, Mike Four Lads Stand on the Corner with Frank Loesser ["Standing on the Corner"] 3 Fordyce, Keith Singles Reviewed: Ray Coussins, "You're Singing Our Love Song to Somebody Else"
Released by Fontana records-: April 1960-Your singing Our Love Song to Somebody Else with the flip side being Just One More Chance
Thank Your Lucky Stars was a weekly television show that ran in Great Britain from 1961 to 1966. The show centered around music, showcasing the latest hit records. A guest DJ presided over the show, and a panel of teens would vote upon the worthiness of the discs. Recording artists often appeared to promote their latest single, usually lip-syncing along with the record. The show featured well-known artists, local talents, and fresh up-and-comers such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks. Television shows like Thank Your Lucky Stars proved to be the launching pad for "The British Invasion", and helped change the face of music and culture forever
November 13, 1965
Jim Dale host; guests include Ray Coussins,
Kathy Kirby, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Winifred Atwell,
During this time 1960 to 1967 Ray made some records which reached the top 20 in different countries.
His first single was, Your Singing Our Love
Song to Somebody Else was very popular and reached the to 40 but was
reviewed in the New Musical Express which propelled the single higher. (See
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Ray has played at the London UK prestige Jazz Venue, ‘Pizza on the Park’ to sell out audiences and in the time he has spent in London he was voted as ‘Lounge Act of the Year’.
He came to
as Musical Director for a number of
touring acts and then decided to stay and develop his solo career.
After Ray first
came to America he worked in Jilly's nightclub in New York where he was
introduced to many of the musical elite of the time.. During a
club appearance at ‘Jilly’s’ in New York, he came to the
attention of many great names including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and
Tony Bennett. J
Ray Coussins Revue, opened for
big-name comics like Henny Youngman, Red Buttons and David Brenner. When he
came to Las Vegas Ray opened for most of the big names through the 80's and
Ray has been a frequent act at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and many others clubs and entertainment Venues in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Foxwoods Casino and clubs, and venues all over North America.. When he worked in Florida he was voted as the number one supper club act in Miami for five years.
As a Piano Player and Singer, Ray has been on the tonight show a number of times and became the arranger and conductor for singer ‘Roz Ryan’ who shot to fame in the Broadway show, ‘Dream Girls’. Roz Ryan is now one of the stars of the Broadway production of 'Chicago'.
Ray has been opener for many famous entertainment legends and has been musical Director for many performers and shows worldwide. His talents include Musical Direction , writing arrangements, Conductor, and accompanist. His own very extensive repertoire covers many different styles for standards to showcase numbers. Music for every occasion and situation. He can take a simple piece of music and turn it into a moment of joy. His ability to make an arrangement on the spot of pretty much any number is legendary and gives a great deal of pleasure to those fortunate to hear him play..
In the past
few years, he has worked mainly in Las Vegas in the famous venues of The
Treasure Island and Paris Casino.
Ray counts amongst his friends, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Paul Anka and David Foster and he links with all of them. David Foster links directly to this website: http://www.olografix.org/krees/dfnet/html/friendsites.php3
Awards and achievements:
Ray Coussins was extremely honored to receive a Presidential Invitation to appear at both the White House and Constitution Hall.
Ray Coussins was asked to appear at the Royal Command Performance in front of the Royal Family alongside legends such as 'Mr Old Black Magic', Billy Daniels. We still have the invitation and special tickets for this event.
Voted Lounge Act of the Year in London UK.
Number one Supper Club Act in Miami for five years. Newspaper cuttings support all of his many awards
One of the youngest Licentiate graduates of the Royal Academy of Music. Images of his certifications are on file
hobby's include the musical arranging of both popular and classical
His favourite classical music is by Frederick Chopin and Franz Liszt.
Photo by "Katie Mogell"