Ray Evans

Lyricist, Musician, Composer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1915 in Salamanca, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (116)

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Flipped 2010 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Song)

Trantasia 2009 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)") (Song)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Theme Music)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(Silver Bells) (Song)

28 Days Later 2003 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song)

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Normal 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)") (Song)

Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Snow Day 2000 (Movie)

("To Each his Own") (Song)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

("Dear Heart") (Song)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Go 1999 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)") (Song)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

("Buttons and Bows") (Song)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

("Opportunity") (Song)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

The Man Who Drove With Mandela 1997 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

("(Theme From) Bonanza") (Music)

Wedding Bell Blues 1997 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

Due South 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Music

Bonanza: The Return 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

North 1994 (Movie)

theme from("Bonanza") (Theme Music)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song)

The Long Day Closes 1993 (Movie)

music composer("Tammy") (Composer)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

("I'll Always Love You") (Song)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

("To Each His Own") (Song)

All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

("How Can I Tell Her") (Song)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Song)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

("Stuff Like That There") (Song)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

("Maybe September") (Song)

Bob Hope Christmas Special From Waikoloa, Hawaii 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

("To Each His Own") (Song)

Heathers 1989 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera") (Song)

Hope News Network 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Music

UHF 1989 (Movie)

songs("Mr Ed Theme" "Bonanza Theme") (Song)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera") (Song)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Dreaming River 1987 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

("Dear Heart") (Song)

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Song

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa" "Silver Bells") (Song Performer)

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter 1984 (Movie)

("To Each His Own") (Song)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Music)

Some Kind of Hero 1982 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Four Friends 1981 (Movie)

("Theme From Bonanza") (Song)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Young Maverick 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

Foxtrot 1974 (Movie)

lyrics title song("Foxtrot") (Song)

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

("Buttons and Bows") (Song)

The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

Theme Song

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

("Dreamsville") (Song)

Mr. Ed 1960 - 1966 (TV Show)

Theme Music

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

("Wish Me A Rainbow") (Song)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

("In the Arms of Love") (Song)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

("Lonely Girl") (Song)

Never Too Late 1965 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

music and lyrics(for "Que Sera Sera") (Music)

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

("Love me Now") (Song)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

("Angel"') (Song)

Tammy and the Doctor 1962 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

All Hands on Deck 1961 (Movie)

songs("All Hands on Deck" "I've Got It Made" "Somewhere There's Home" "You Mean Everything to Me") (Song)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1960 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera") (Song)

The Two Little Bears 1960 (Movie)

("Honey Bear") (Song)

A Private's Affair 1958 (Movie)

songs("It's The Same Old Army" "36-24-36" "Warm and Willing") (Song)

Another Time, Another Place 1958 (Movie)

("Another Time Another Place") (Song)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Once Upon a Horse 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Saddle the Wind 1958 (Movie)

("Saddle the Wind") (Song)

Take a Giant Step 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

("This Happy Feeling") (Song)

Omar Khayyam 1957 (Movie)

("The Loves of Omar Khayyam") (Song)

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

The James Dean Story 1957 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be") (Song)

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

lyrics("Never Let Me Go") (Theme Lyrics)

Lucy Gallant 1955 (Movie)

("How Can I Tell Her") (Song)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

Red Garters 1954 (Movie)

(Music)

Red Garters 1954 (Movie)

lyrics("A Dime and A Dollar" "Meet A Happy Guy" "Vaquero" "Lady Killer" "Good Intentions" "Bad News" "Brave Man" "Red Garters" "Man and Woman" "This Is Greater Than I Thought" "Big Doin's" "Specialty Dance") (Theme Lyrics)

Three Ring Circus 1954 (Movie)

("Hey, Punicello") (Song)

The Big Carnival 1951 (Movie)

("We're Coming, Leo") (Song)

The Lemon Drop Kid 1950 (Movie)

(Music)

The Paleface 1948 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Paleface 1948 (Movie)

(Music)

Bonanza (TV Show)

Theme Music

Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Show)

Theme Music

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Biography

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.

Put under contract by Paramount in 1945, Livingston and Evans scored a hit with the title song for the Olivia de Havilland vehicle "To Each His Own" (1946). Within two years, they had one their first Oscar for the genial "Buttons and Bows" (from "The Paleface"), which was introduced by Bob Hope and made popular by Dinah Shore. Hope, along with Marilyn Maxwell, introduced the holiday classic "Silver Bells" in "The Lemon Drop Kid" (1951) and with Lucille Ball debuted "Home Cookin'" in "Fancy Pants" (1950). While under contract at Paramount, the pair churned out numerous hits ranging from "Just for Fun" (from "My Friend Irma" 1949) to the theme from "A Place in the Sun" (1951). Evans shared a second Oscar with Livingston for "Mona Lisa" used in 1950's "Captain Carey, U.S.A." and made famous by Nat King Cole. (In the film, the song is heard in fragments, sung by a blind Italian street singer.) The songwriters also made a cameo appearance as themselves in Billy Wilder's classic "Sunset Boulevard" (1950).

After leaving Paramount in 1956, Evans and Livingston worked as freelance writers. They hit big, winning a third Oscar for the lilting lullaby "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), which was germane to the plot of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956). (Doris Day introduced the song in the film and later used it as the theme for her 1960s sitcom.) Livingston and Evans received additional Academy Award nods for the theme to "Tammy" (1957), made famous by Debbie Reynolds, "Almost in Your Arms (Love Theme from "Houseboat")" (1958), recorded by Sam Cooke, and the lyrics to Henry Mancini's "Dear Heart" (1964). Attempts to translate their success to Broadway with "Oh, Captain!" (1958) and "Let It Ride!" (1961) were less than successful. The pair found a more welcome home in TV, providing the memorable themes to such shows as "Bonanza" and "Mr. Ed". They finally found a measure of stage success with contributions to the hit musical "Sugar Babies" (1979), starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney. While their last original song in a film was the theme to "Foxtrot" (1975), Livingston and Evans were kept busy providing specialty material to nightclub performers and for charity functions.

Relationships

Francis E Evans

Mother

Philip Evans

Father

Wyn Ritchie

Wife
married on April 19, 1947

EDUCATION

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1936
elected to Beta Gamma Sigma; excelled at football and track

Milestones

1979

Songs written with Jay Livingston incorporated into the Broadway show "Sugar Babies"

1975

Last original song for a feature to date, "Foxtrot"

1964

Wrote the lyrics to Henry Mancini's theme "Dear Heart"

1961

Worked on second Broadway show, "Let It Ride!"

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

1957

Nominated for an Oscar for the theme song "Tammy", sung by Debbie Reynolds

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

1955

Became independent songwriter

1954

TV writing debut (lyrics), "Satins and Spurs"

1951

Wrote the holiday perennial "Silver Bells" (used in "The Lemon Drop Kid")

1950

Won second Academy Award for "Mona Lisa" from "Captain Carey, U.S.A."

1948

Won first Oscar for the song "Buttons and Bows" from "The Paleface"

1946

Wrote the theme for the film "To Each His Own"

1944

Earned first Academy Award nomination for "The Cat and the Canary" from "Why Girls Leave Home"

1944

Put under contract by Paramount as a songwriter

1943

Moved to L.A.; had success with song "Stuff Like That There"

1940

Wrote first song, "G'bye Now", incorporated in "Hellzapoppin'"

1937

Began professional collaboration with Jay Livingston

Worked as a musician on cruise ships

Worked in a defense plant during WWII

Wrote popular themes for TV series, "Bonanza" (1959-73), and "Mr. Ed" (1961-66)

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