Henry Pitts Brown, known professionally as Ray Ellington, was a popular English singer, drummer and bandleader. He is best known for his appearances on The Goon Show from to Henry Pitts Brown (17 March – 27 February ), known professionally as Ray Ellington, was a popular English singer, drummer and bandleader. Profile: English singer, drummer, and bandleader, born in London on 17 March , to a Russian Jewish mother and an African-American father, died February In , Ellington established the popular Ray Ellington Big Band & Singers. His son, singer Lance Ellington, took his place on a 50th anniversary special of. In Ellington changed his name from Henry Pitts Brown to Ray Ellington after watching the Duke Ellington Orchestra and began playing in London clubs. They were also reputedly the very first jazz band in the UK to use an amplified bass. As well as the Goon Show, the Quartet was featured in another BBC radio. (2-CD set) Perhaps best known as the "house" band on the infamous Goon Shows in the 50s, the Ray Ellington Quartet was one of the most popular small bands. The basic group comprised Ray, pianist Dick Katz (not to be confused with an American pianist of the same name), Coleridge Goode on bass and either Lauderic. Browse 71 ray ellington stock photos and images available, or start a new search to explore more stock photos and images. Picture of the popular music band. Ray Ellington Quartet were a British jazz and swing band who first introduced varieties of popular music to British audiences in the late s.