They dropped into a radio station in October of 1962 (unannounced) and asked if they could record a record. The studio was in the basement of the station. The song was " Hey, Hey, Paula" written by Ray Hildebrand and it went to #1 on the charts by February, 1963. They were encouraged to change their stage names to Paul and Paula after that and they did.
The song sold over 2 million records at the time. They went all over the world with Dick Clark and Ray tells a story that they were singing on a BBC Radio Program. That day they were singing with several groups and the Beatles was one of them. Paul and Paula was #1 in England so the Beatles got bumped because they ran out of air time!!! The Beatles loved them and asked for a picture with them and their autographs.
In 1965 Ray decided he did not want to continue and that the life was not for him. They went their separate ways, he got married and settled down and Jill moved to California and continued her singing career.
In the 1980's Ray started singing contemporary Christian music and was in a group known as Land & Hildebrand, they sang for 27 years.
He moved his family to Kansas City and worked with The Fellowship Of Christian Athletes until he retired.
He still gets together with Jill from time to time to perform for special occasions.
In September, my husband and I got to meet Ray. He performed at a 50th Anniversary for a friend of ours. He gave us a CD of hits and some signed pictures of him and Jill and one of them with the Beatles. What a THRILL to meet an icon from the 1960's, I remember listening to their music for hours.
My friend Ruthie sang Paula's part on "Hey, Hey, Paula".
Here he is tuning his guitar.
My hubby is a guitarist and they had lots in common, Ray would like to visit our church. Can't wait for that.
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