Ray has famously collaborated with artists from Paul McCartney to Van Morrison, Art Garfunkel and Andy Williams. As part of the John Barry Seven, he played on the themes and scores for eight James Bond films between 1965 and 1983; and he composed and performed the music for 10 series of ITVs A Touch of Frost.\nHe has now turned his hand to academia receiving his PhD from the Leeds School of Arts at Leeds Beckett University, and publishing his thesis as a book which will soon be available in the University library. You can win a copy of Rays book in our competition please see the end of this story for details of how to enter.\nRays career began in 1963 at the age of 16, when he joined the John Barry Seven. He then joined RnB band, Georgie Fame, touring America and playing alongside the Four Tops. From there, he started his career as a session musician.