Most Wanted! Don Ray – Standing In The Rain (Polydor)
Marked by that flamboyant signature sound one can find on albums by artists such as Alec R. Costandinos, Kongas and Cerrone!
French Pianist / keyboardist Don Ray came to the center stage back in 1978 with his ‘The Garden Of Love’ album, co-produced by Cerrone. It spawned two singles – ‘Got To Have Your Lovin” and ‘Standing In The Rain’ – which Polydor released in America.
I confess a clear-cut preference for the latter because of the complexity of its keys, its vocal arrangements and the variations of its moods. It eventually became a classic 20 years after its release at Body & Soul NYC with the help of Joe Claussell…
Born Raymond Donnez, Don Ray came to recognition during the second half of the 70’s, playing keyboards on Cerrone‘s albums ‘Love In C Minor’, ‘IV’, ‘VI’, and ‘VIII’.
An arranger and producer as well, he collaborated with Alex R. Costandinos and later on with Madleen Kane. He also was a member of Kongas along with Cerrone, a collective mostly remembered for their ‘Africanism’ album released back in 1977.