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Also Known As: Raymond Evans, Raymond Bernard Evans Died: February 15, 2007
Born: February 4, 1915 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Salamanca, New York, USA Profession: lyricist, musician, composer, radio gag writer, accountant, office boy, salesman, statistician

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With his songwriting partner Jay Livingston, Ray Evans has been responsible for some of the more memorable movie songs from the late 1940s to the early 60s. The duo first met at the University of Pennsylvania where they both were enrolled as undergraduates. During their holiday breaks, they worked in a band that played on cruise ships. After graduating, the pair settled in NYC where they held odd jobs while trying to place their songs. In 1941, the first Livingston-Evans song "G'bye Now" was incorporated in Olsen and Johnson's "Hellzapoppin'" and landed on "Your Hit Parade". Olsen and Johnson brought the young songwriters out to Hollywood with them in 1944 where Betty Hutton recorded an early song of the duo, "Stuff Like That There". Producers Releasing Corporation began to incorporate their songs, including "The Cat and the Canary" (used in 1945's "Why the Girls Leave Home") which earned Livingston and Evans their first Oscar nomination.

With his songwriting partner Jay Livingston, Ray Evans has been responsible for some of the more memorable movie songs from the late 1940s to the early 60s. The duo first met at the University of Pennsylvania where they both were enrolled as undergraduates. During their holiday breaks, they worked in a band that played on cruise ships. After graduating, the pair settled in NYC where they held odd jobs while trying to place their songs. In 1941, the first Livingston-Evans song "G'bye Now" was incorporated in Olsen and Johnson's "Hellzapoppin'" and landed on "Your Hit Parade". Olsen and Johnson brought the young songwriters out to Hollywood with them in 1944 where Betty Hutton recorded an early song of the duo, "Stuff Like That There". Producers Releasing Corporation began to incorporate their songs, including "The Cat and the Canary" (used in 1945's "Why the Girls Leave Home") which earned Livingston and Evans their first Oscar nomination.

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1.
 Sunset Blvd. (1950) Himself
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Worked as a musician on cruise ships
1937:
Began professional collaboration with Jay Livingston
1941:
Wrote first song, "G'bye Now", incorporated in "Hellzapoppin'"
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Worked in a defense plant during WWII
1944:
Moved to L.A.; had success with song "Stuff Like That There"
1945:
Put under contract by Paramount as a songwriter
1945:
Earned first Academy Award nomination for "The Cat and the Canary" from "Why Girls Leave Home"
1946:
Wrote the theme for the film "To Each His Own"
1948:
Won first Oscar for the song "Buttons and Bows" from "The Paleface"
1950:
Won second Academy Award for "Mona Lisa" from "Captain Carey, U.S.A."
1951:
Wrote the holiday perennial "Silver Bells" (used in "The Lemon Drop Kid")
1954:
TV writing debut (lyrics), "Satins and Spurs"
1955:
Became independent songwriter
1956:
Earned third Oscar for "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" used in Alfred Hitchcock's remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much"; song introduced by Doris Day who later used it as the theme of her 1960s TV series
1957:
Nominated for an Oscar for the theme song "Tammy", sung by Debbie Reynolds
1958:
Earned another Academy Award nomination for "Almost in Your Arms", the love theme from "Houseboat"
1958:
Wrote music for Broadway show, "Oh, Captain!"; received Tony nomination
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Wrote popular themes for TV series, "Bonanza" (1959-73), and "Mr. Ed" (1961-66)
1961:
Worked on second Broadway show, "Let It Ride!"
1964:
Wrote the lyrics to Henry Mancini's theme "Dear Heart"
1975:
Last original song for a feature to date, "Foxtrot"
1979:
Songs written with Jay Livingston incorporated into the Broadway show "Sugar Babies"
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Education

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1936

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wife:
Wyn Ritchie. Married on April 19, 1947.

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father:
Philip Evans. Secondhand paper, string and burlap dealer.
mother:
Francis E Evans.

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