Out of the Army and back to
London where he joined several orchestras eventually working
with Edmundo Ros at the Bagatelle, Mayfair and Dorchester
Hotels. He later joined the Geraldo Organisation on the Queen
Mary sailing between Southampton and New York City. He joined
Joe Loss and his Orchestra as drummer in the 1950s and
spent the next 8 years with Joe. After that he toured in
Europe for three years as a double act known as Burns and
Cooper teaming up with Bobby Burns the trombone player and
vocalist with Joe Loss they Sang and played instruments, tap
danced and comedy. Their agent was Issy Bon and they toured
Great Britian and the continent with their act.
He up stakes
in 1966 packed his bags and arrived in America and
wasted no time starting work in Miami Florida and did so for
the next four years.
For ever on the move he then moved on to Las Vegas and was
soon working with some of the great names connected with the
big bands there, Russ Morgan, Ray McKinley and Larry Elgart.
In 1970 he
formed a Trio and called them The Dam Limeysperforming
in Las Vegas. He was there on that special ceremony at the
opening of The London Bridge now rebuilt at Lake Havasu.
He was off
again soon after to Long Beach California and began travelling
the Fair circuit visiting Schools and Colleges with a programme
called The History of Vaudeville. From then and
for the next 12 years he worked on the Queen
Mary now in Dry-dock at Long Beach.
In 2001 after
the 65th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary
he presented his recollections and Memories of the Queen Mary
of which Ray had performed on board for many years.
career has spanned many decades and has certainly had an amazing
time accompanying such famous stars as Jimmy Durante, Marlene
Dietrich, Sammy Davis jnr. Boris Karloff, Alan Jones, Bob
Hope, Shirley Bassey and
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away in 2018 after a short illness. Now sadly missed.
stars as Jimmy Durante, Marlene Dietrich, Sammy Davis jnr.
Boris Karloff, Alan Jones, Bob Hope, Shirley Bassey and
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