Sue Raney

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Sue Raney (born June 18, 1940 in McPherson, Kansas[1]) is an American jazz singer. Signed by Capitol Records at the age of 17, her debut album, the Nelson Riddle-produced When Your Lover Has Gone, was released in 1958.[2]


Raney begin singing at only four years of age, and encouraged by her mother, began working as a professional before she was a teenager. When she was nearly 14, she joined Jack Carson's Los Angeles-based radio show in 1954, and later worked on television as Ray Anthony's band's main vocalist.[3] Her single Biology was the first Capitol single to be elevated to national promotion after Capitol introduced regional pre-testing in 1960.[4] She was featured with the Stan Kenton orchestra in 1962 on the hour long television special Music of 1960's.[5]

After a hiatus in the 1970s, Raney has continued to record sporadically, with one of her most recent albums being a 2006 tribute to Doris Day entitled Heart's Desire.

Her Imperial single "Early Morning Blues And Greens" was well-played on easy-listening stations, peaking at No. 16 on Billboard's MOR chart.

She voiced Patti Bear in The Great Bear Scare, an animated Halloween sequel to The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas.

She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Dodger Stadium prior to the sixth game of the 1978 World Series.

Raney is married to trumpeter and former major league baseball player Carmen Fanzone.


  • When Your Lover Has Gone (1958, Capitol)
  • Songs for a Raney Day (1960, Capitol)
  • All by Myself (1964, Capitol)
  • Happiness Is a Warm Sue Raney (1965, Philips)
  • Alive and in Love (1966, Imperial)
  • New & Now (1967, Imperial)
  • With a Little Help from My Friends (1969, Imperial)
  • The People Tree (1972, Light)
  • Sings the Music of Johnny Mandel (1982, Discovery; reissued as Dreamsville in 1992 on Trend)
  • Listen L.A. Jazz Choir, Solo on Everything I Have Is Yours (1983, MFSL)
  • Ridin' High (1984, Discovery)
  • Flight of Fancy (1986, Discovery)
  • Quietly There: The Music of Johnny Mandel (1988 re-issue w/ added songs, Discovery)
  • In Good Company (1990, Discovery)
  • Heart and Soul (1995 Compilation, Capitol)
  • Autumn in the Air (Fresh Sound, 1997)
  • Breathless (1997 Compilation, Studio West)
  • Volume II (2004 Compilation, Studio West)
  • Heart's Desire: A Tribute to Doris Day (2006, Fresh Sound)
  • Best of Supersax and The L.A. Voices - featuring Sue Raney (2006, Group Seven)
  • Listen Here: Alone with Alan Broadbent (2011, SSJ)
  • Late in Life (2015, Fresh Sound)
  • Christmas Lady (2016, Fresh Sound)


  1. ^ "UA Studio Jazz Ensemble With the Arizona Symphony Orchestra". University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  2. ^ Levinson, Peter J. September in the Rain: the Life of Nelson Riddle. Page 185. Watson-Guptill, 2001.
  3. ^ Allmusic Biography
  4. ^ Billboard - 6 juin 1960 - Page 18 " Single had passed the test in the Southeastern region, covering the Miami, Atlanta, Memphis and New Orleans markets. First single to jump from its regional testing grounds to national distribution was Sue Raney's "Biology." "
  5. ^ Sue Raney with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Music of 1960's on YouTube

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