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    I knew of Ray as long as I can remember, but not so much as an organist but as someone who use to visit my houseand as someone thatmy family and I would visit. He died when I was 11 years old. My father(how should I say...was anelectrical engineerby trade, but an amateur organist who played at churches on the weekends and in his spare time) befriended Ray in the mid 1960s during a backstage encounter at RCMH. My parents became good friends with him afterwards and we would visit him and vice-versa for holidays, birthdays, etc. I remember he had a 2 manual Hammond organ in his apartment. I also remember him talking about being in the Marines during WWII and being at Iwo Jima. It wasnt until after my father passed and in talks with my Mom and older brother did I find some more info on him. I knew he played at RCMH, but not for so long(32 years or so?). My parents and older brother saw him backstage and in performances on numerous occasions however I was too young to go before they changed the venue in 1979(?) I found a bunch of photos taken at RCMH and some audio cassetes of him playing from concerts dating 1977-1978. They're actually not too bad(listening quality-wise) despite being over 30 years old and coming from what I think is a one channel cassete recorder my father must have snuck into the theatre. One is a Bach festival overture with Easter and Xmas shows with intermissions and another one appears to be a tribute concert to Dick Liebert. I did some searching online and found a few tidbits here and there. Was hoping to find more info and/or stories/recollections from others on here about him. On the ATOS website there is a PDF file of their publications and there area few issues listed with him in it. Is there a way to obtain these? Thanks!</P>

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    DJF....I had a dear friend named Leroy Lewis who was a good friend of Ray Bohr. Unfortunately, Leroy died just a few years ago.</P>


    The ATOS publications....try archives keeper...Jim Patak at j.patak@atos.org</P>


    Sorry to be so late in responding to your request. I'm just now catching up.</P>


    Best wishes.....</P>

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      Jay999, thank you for your reply. I'm sorry to respond late as I am just checking back as well. Growing up I heard the name Leroy Lewis on many occasions. If I'm not mistaken, he lived in Manahawkin, NJ for awhile? I searched for him awhile back, and learned of his passing a few years ago. </P>


      Thank you very much for the ATOS archives information!</P>


      Take care</P>

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        When I was bitten by the Theatre Organ bug in my early teens, I would spend an entire day at RCMH, every time the picture changed,sitting through multiple shows, just to hear the organ. Dick Leibert, Ray Bohr, and Jack Ward were the staff organists in those days dividing the work into two shifts. Leibert was my idol, but I only got to hear him once as he apparently took the weekends off. So it was usually Ray in the morning and Jack in the evening, although I heard the great Ashley Miller, whowas retired from the staff at that time, pinch hit a number times.</P>


        I remember Ray's playing as being upbeat and fast, with a big full sound. I always looked forward to this.</P>


        I haveat least two of his recordings in my collection, "The Big Sound On Broadway" which was recorded on the NY Paramount Wurlitzer, and another, whose title escapes at the moment, which was done of the RCMH studio organ. I think I mightalso have some Reader's Digests disks as well. There was a companion to"The Big Sound on Broadway" which I think was titled the "Big Sound".</P>


        Anyway, Ray was great organist whose playing I miss.</P>
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          You are so lucky to have heard all these guys play the Music Hall organ!</P>


          I bought a Ray Bohr 33 1/3 RPM disk off E-bay a few months ago...my first to hear him play. Before I spin that recording even the first time I want to change out the stylus of my old turntable, so I don't dare mess up the grooves. This has jogged my memory to get busy and obtain a new stylus for that special moment!</P>


          Ashley Miller certainly left an unforgettable musical legacy in his recordings of the Music Hall organ, and so far, the best examples I have of that instrument. In Dick Liebert's discography (published in ATOS magazine a year or two ago) there was only one recording that was recommended by the author. I looked for it to surface on E-bay, but sort of gave up after a while. I have the last two LP's that Dick Liebert made at the Music Hall....while these recordings give me an "impression" of his playing style....they don't show off the kind of musicianshiphe would have been capable of....to win the famous audition he did for Roxy.</P>


          Thanks for sharing your special memories...you are soooo lucky.</P>

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            Hi I am Ray's niece Ellen. We were very close and I miss a lot. Glad to have read your posting recently and please get back to me if you have any questions. I wonder if we have met!


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              Ellen,
              It is not a good idea to publish email on an open forum. Remove and send it as PM (private message).By clicking the account name PM and others option's menu is shown.

              Cheers,
              Boyan

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