Ray Miller's Black and White Melody Boys were organized in April of 1922. They were quite active in the New York Jazz scene between 1917 and 1920 playing extended engagements at Maxim's Cafe and touring the vaudeville curcuit as a featured act in Ed Wynn's Carnival Company. The band was billed as "The Incomparable Singing Jazz Orchestra" and featured Tom Brown on trombone. After 1923 the band's records were released as Ray Miller and his Orchestra

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TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
After The Rain
(Sizemore / Shrigley)
1-3-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3546
All That I Need Is You
(L. Santly / Abel Baer)
11-20-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4523
Beale Street Blues
(W.C. Handy)
1-15-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4274-B
Bright Eyes
(Otto Motzan/ M.K. Jerome)
1-5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4251-A
Canary Isle 4-12-1922 New York, New York Columbia
4859
Can You Tell?
(Sullivan / Miller / Handman)
7-16-1920 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
A 14106
Can You Tell?
(Sullivan / Miller / Handman)
8-1-1920 New York, New York Pathe
B 22427
Congo Nights 1-15-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4277
Cuban Moon
(Norman Spencer / Joe McKierman)
7-1-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4165-A
Cuban Moon
(Norman Spencer / Joe McKierman)
8-1-1920 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle
022425
Da-Da, Darling 12-1-1921 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
14276
Darling 2-1-1921 New York, New York Grey Gull
L-1049
Dinny Danny
(Carlo / Sanders)
12-23-1921 New York, New York Columbia
A3585
Do It Again 3-16-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3595
Don't Forget 12-1-1921 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
14276
Doo Dah Blues
(Rose / White)
1-31-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3563
Georgia
(Johnson / Donaldson)
4-12-1922 New York, New York Columbia
4859
Humming 2-1-1921 New York, New York Cardinal
2035
I Ain't Nobody's Darling 12-1-1921 New York, New York Emerson
10481
I Love The Land Of Old Black Joe
(Grant / Donaldson)
8-1-1920 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle
022425 B
I Want You 3-15-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3610
If You Want Me, Whistle 8-26-1921 New York, New York Okeh
In Sweet September
(James V. Monaco)
5-1-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4118-A
It's You
(Al Jolson / Benny Davis / Con Conrad)
10-1-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4466-A
June
(Introducing "Can You Tell?")
7-1-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4166
June
(Introducing "Can You Tell?")
9-1-1920 New York, New York Gennett
9075
Lola Lo
(Lange / Klapholz)
1-31-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3563
Look For The Silver Lining 2-1-1921 New York, New York Grey Gull
L-1050
Lovey Dove 3-16-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3595
Make Believe
(Jack Schilkret)
1-15-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4274-A
Make Believe
(Jack Schilkret)
2-1-1921 New York, New York Grey Gull
L-1049
Molly
(Hager / Ring / Miller )
1-5-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4251-B
Molly
(Ring / Hang / Miller)
2-1-1921 New York, New York Cardinal
2034
Clarion
1102
Molly
(Ring / Hang / Miller)
3-1-1921 New York, New York Gennett
4685-A
Molly
(Ring / Hang / Miller)
3-4-1921 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
14164-B
Molly
(Ring / Hang / Miller)
3-11-1921 New York, New York Edison
50797
My Sweetie's Eyes 6-1-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4357
Nightingale 2-1-1921 New York, New York Grey Gull
L-1049
On The 'Gin 'Gin 'Ginny Shore
(Walter Donaldson)
1-13-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3550
Painted Doll 6-1-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4369
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers 5-11-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3628
Remember The Rose 8-26-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4424
Rock Me In A Cradle Of Love
(Miller / Fazioli / Klages)
7-1-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4182-B
Rose Of Spain
(Ray Miller / Tom Brown / Billy Fazioli)
5-1-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4119
Rose Of Spain
(Ray Miller / Tom Brown / Billy Fazioli)
7-16-1920 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
B 14106
Rose Of Spain
(Ray Miller / Tom Brown / Billy Fazioli)
8-1-1920 New York, New York Pathe
22427
Rose Of Spain
(Ray Miller / Tom Brown / Billy Fazioli)
9-1-1920 New York, New York Gennett
9075
Sandman Blues 3-8-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4304
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (intro. "Doll House") 12-1-1921 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
35009
Some Sunny Day 4-13-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3603
Stars 10-1-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4466-B
Stumbling
(Zez Confrey)
4-10-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3611
Sweet Lavender 1-15-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4277
The Missing Link 9-15-1920 New York, New York Emerson
10267
The Sheik
(Ted Synder)
11-18-1921 New York, New York Columbia
A3519
The Sheik Of Araby
(Ted Synder)
11-20-1921 New York, New York Okeh
40677-A
The Sheik Of Araby
(Ted Synder)
11-1921 New York, New York Gennett
4498-A
Twas In The Merry Month Of May 5-10-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3628
Two Sweet Lips 2-1-1921 New York, New York Cardinal
2034
Clarion
1102
Underneath Hawaiian Skies 3-4-1921 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
14164
Underneath The Dixie Moon
(Miller / Fazioli / Klages)
2-1-1921 New York, New York Grey Gull
L-1049
Underneath The Dixie Moon
(Miller / Fazioli / Klages)
3-1-1921 New York, New York Gennett
4685-B
Venetian Love Boat 1-19-1922 New York, New York Columbia
A3557
Weep No More (My Mammy)
(Pollack)
11-18-1921 New York, New York Columbia
A3519
Whispering
(John Schonberger)
7-1-1920 New York, New York Okeh
4167-A
Without You
(Albert Gumble / Jesse Greer)
2-1-1921 New York, New York Clarion
2035
Without You
(Albert Gumble / Jesse Greer)
3-8-1921 New York, New York Okeh
4304
Without You (intro. "Happiness")
(Albert Gumble / Jesse Greer)
3-4-1921 New York, New York Aeolian Vocalion
B 14166
ArtistInstrument
Tom Brown Trombone
Mike Cirina Violin
Bernard Daly Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Louis Epstein Tuba or Sousaphone, Bass Saxophone
Billy Fazioli Piano
Gus Lazaro Banjo
Ray Miller Drums, Director
Earl Oliver Trumpet
Phil Saxe Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Vocal
Jim Welton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone