If you own any
Elvis Presley albums, chances are you have heard Ray Siegel play bass. He appears on a goodly chunk of the
King’s discography, including the movie soundtracks G.I. Blues and King Creole.
It was not his
only film work: He is also a
part of the orchestra on Miklos Rozsa’s famous score to Ben-Hur, and collaborated with
guitarist Laurindo Almeida on the film-music
album, The Legendary Victor Young.
recorded with Chet Atkins, The Burnette Brothers,
Doris Day, Dub Dickerson, Merle Haggard, Rick Nelson, Frank Sinatra, and
As a teacher,
he has passed along his knowledge to a new generation of bass players, and
has even dabbled in classical, performing works of Beethoven and Rossini in
concert with the South Bay Chamber Music Society, Inc.
He also hooked
up with the Musart String Quartet of Los Angeles
on their recordings of Mozart’s “Divertimento No. 7 in D major”,
“Adagio and Rondo”, and “String Quartet in C major”.