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John Alvin Ray (January 10, 1927 – February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Popular for most of the 1950s, Ray has been cited by critics as a major precursor of what would become rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music and his animated stage persona.

Ray was born in Hopewell, Oregon, spending part of his childhood on a farm, eventually moving to Portland, Oregon. Ray was of Native American origin; his great-grandmother was a full-blooded… read more

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  • Avatar for Akayz7
    definitely hearing the morrissey sorrows here
  • Avatar for beigemannikin
    Killing myself now.
  • Avatar for Retro_Saiyan
    An innovator, in his own way....
  • Avatar for RussellJones
    Just Walking In The Rain is so(ul) touching.
  • Avatar for JustAKayee
    So THIS is 'poor old Johnnie Ray'...
  • Avatar for Akayz7
    Great voice..
  • Avatar for borntohang
    He who influenced the great Morrissey to wear the famous hearing aid on Top of the Pops in 1984.
  • Avatar for borntogeek
    wondering which Johnnie Ray song is No.3 on The Oz Hitztory Blog's Top 20 Pre-Rock'n'Roll Pop Songs List? Well wonder no more!
  • Avatar for thirddesign
    all day
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