Ann Moray

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Ann Moray (1909 – 1981) was a Welsh singer and novelist.

While biographical information is difficult to find, according to liner notes on her recording, "The Love Songs of Robert Burns" (Spoken Arts #754), she studied music in Vienna. During World War II, she worked with the U.S. Army Chaplains, singing unaccompanied in battlefield hospitals, where the soldiers knew her as "Scottie".[1] Maxine Andrews told a story about a soldier who was afraid he was near death, who asked Moray to sing "Abide With Me" at his funeral. Moray assured him that he was not going to die anytime soon, but promised to sing. That night the soldier did die, and "two days later, Ann Moray stood in the rain next to his freshly dug grave on the beachhead at Anzio and sang." [2]

Moray recounted when a field hospital physician had cautioned her against informing a soldier that he had been blinded. This soldier asked her to sing "Smilin' Through" from a 1941 motion picture. The song contains repeated references to "eyes of blue," and the soldier asked her if his eyes "are blue" or "were blue." Moray answered, "were".[3]

After World War II, she continued to study music, and in 1952 gave her first recital at the Town Hall in New York. She developed a serious interest in the folklore of her homeland, and at a town hall recital in 1954, devoted the second half of the program to songs and legends of Ireland and the Western Isles. Later in life Ann Moray turned to writing, and is the author of three published novels and a book of short stories.[4] Moray’s papers are in the Howard Gotleib Archival Research Center at Boston University.[5]


Moray married Juan López de Ceballos, a Venezuelan diplomat.[citation needed][when?]

Works by Ann Moray[edit]


  • "Christ Child’s Lullaby"—story—Mademoiselle, December 1964, vol. 60, pp. 110–11
  • "Celtic Heritage in Ireland"—Horizon, Spring 1965, vol. 7, pp. 32–39
  • "Tom Tinker Ellis"—story—Mademoiselle, December 1967, vol. 66, pp. 100–01
  • "Magic Mask"—story—Redbook, December 1971, vol. 138, pp. 71–73


  • Rising of the Lark, 1964.
  • A Fair Stream of Silver: Love Tales from Celtic Lore Collected and Retold by Ann Moray. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1965.[6]
  • Gervase. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1970.[7]
  • Dawn Falcon: A Novel of Ancient Egypt. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1974.


  • Gaelic Songs and Legends. Spoken Arts #745 (phonorecord 3313).
  • The Love Songs of Robert Burns. Spoken Arts #754 (phonorecord 3313).


  1. ^ Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Andrews, Maxene and Bill Gilbert. Over Here, Over There: The Andrews Sisters and the USO Stars in World War II. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp, 1993, pp. 164–65. ISBN 978-0821741177
  3. ^ Moray, Ann, "You Don’t Need Eyes" in Elmquist, Ruth M. and Daniel A. Poling, Golden Moments of Religious Inspiration: A Treasury of Faith from the Christian Herald. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1954, pp. 259-60. ISBN 9789991033679
  4. ^ John Fischer. "Christmas List". Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on 2 September 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Callahan, John P. (Review.) The New York Times, 4 January 1966, p. 25.
  7. ^ New York Times Book Review, 25 October 1970, p. 58.

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