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Biography

Dick Noel (Richard Noel, Brooklyn, NY, 1926 or 1927 - 27 October 2017) was an American big band singer.

From 1949 on, Dick Noel was a singer with Ray Anthony and His Orchestra, with hits like "Dreamer's Holiday", "Sitting By the Window" (1949, published as Dick Noel and The Skyliners ) and "Count Every Star".
In the following years he recorded for Decca ( "From This Moment On" / "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad") and for Columbia Records under his own name and for his own label Fraternity Records, for which he released songs like "These Are The Things We'll share" (1955) and with whom he had hits like Cathy Carr's "Ivory Tower" and Jimmy Dorsey's "So Rare".

In the 1960's, Noel hosted several radio programs, sang regularly on The Ruth Lyons Show in Cincinnati and then joined Don McNeill's popular Breakfast Club for which he was the lead singer on that Chicago-based radio show for years.

He made his first television appearances on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts at CBS and in 1962 became a featured performer on The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show at ABC.

Noel left Ford's variety program in 1965 and returned to Chicago, where he sang on a multitude of national TV and radio commercials. "The King of the Jingles" was said to have recorded 15,000 spots, including those for United Airlines and McDonald's, during his career.

In 1978 he released the album "A Time for Love" which he made together with the pianist Larry Novak. Noel sang ballads like "Send in the Clowns", "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" and " Here's That Rainy Day ".
In the late 1980s, Noel retired in California in the San Diego area. He died 27 October 2017 in Escondido, California.

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