The Rays

The Rays was an American quartet whose leading singer was Hal Miller. The vocal group formed in New York, in 1955. Its other members were Walter Ford and David Jones, both of whom were tenors, and baritone, Harry James.

“Silhouettes”, recorded on the label, Cameo, became The Rays’ biggest single when, in 1957, it peaked at No.3 on both the pop and rhythm and blues charts. The song was released simultaneously by the Canadian quartet, The Diamonds, and its recording fared almost as well, reaching its apex at No.10.

The Rays’ single contained “Daddy Cool” as its B side. This track also charted, but not to the same degree that “Silhouettes” did. Both songs were written by Bob Crewe — who later wrote for The Four Seasons — and Frank Slay Jr.

A more uptempo recording of “Silhouettes” by the British band, Herman’s Hermits, reached No.5 in the United States, No.3 in Britain and No.6 in Australia, in the year of 1965. Cliff Richard reintroduced the song to the British Top 10, in 1990.