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The Robert Cray Band


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(1980 – present)

Robert Cray is an American blues guitarist, composer and singer.
With bassist Richard Cousins, keyboardist Peter Boe and drummer Tom Murphy, they launched The Robert Cray Band in 1980 with “Who’s Been Talkin”. The album was recorded during constant touring in the U.S. in 1978. The record was initially shelved for two years, being eventually issued by the short-lived Tomato label (whose licence was picked up by “Atlantic Records” (U.S.) and “Charly” in the UK.

After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury in 1982. It was the connection with the producing and songwriting team of Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker at Hightone that helped to create the mold-breaking music of “Bad Influence” (1983) and “False Accusations” (1985).
In 1984, The Robert Cray Band completed their first European tour to critical acclaim. Cray’s participation with Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland on “Showdown!” (1985, Alligator) and the 1986 album release, “Strong Persuader”, again produced by Walker, both received Grammy Awards, while the crossover single “Smoking Gun” gave him wider appeal and name recognition. During 1986 Cray played 170 concerts, including his seventh European tour since 1984, building on his increasing reputation in the UK.
The Robert Cray Band’s next album “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (1988) was recorded in Los Angeles, California, and featured David Sanborn on guest saxophone.


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  • Mii85

    Blues at it's finest.

    15 Feb 10:19pm Reply
  • DrunkenBunnies

    Soooo good

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    Big favorite band.

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • Panecea

    I shiver ♥♥♥♥

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Songs_of_Myself

    "Bad Influence" - best album.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • broadblues

    Oh and Walker Broad (band) could easily have the same issue :-)

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • broadblues

    Went to see them last night in Basingstoke. Went to see them with my friend Sandy Walker from Walker Broad I'm a long term fan, she much more recent, but both seeing himlive for the first time, very impressed!

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • EricValeev

    Back Home

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • groovetee

    same problem with jeff healey (band), bruce hornsby (range), huey lewis (news)...just to name a few...

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    What's the difference? He's Great whether he's with his band or solo.

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • YurecOgurec

    Хороший стиль у него. Рокомендейшн \m/

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    Forget that, I'm tagging it "Robert Cray"

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ShirkHorse

    They were fantastic at Cambridge Folk Festival :)

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • BluesRok

    Hello Blues Fans! I've been leading several groups here on lastfm for a while, but I don't have the time to lead them anymore. I just abdicated leadership of Gov't Mule and The Movie Group. I'd like to find new leaders for Robert Cray and Concert Stories and The Marshall Tucker Band. If you'd like to lead one, let me know with a message or post in the group shoutbox. These groups deserve leaders who will take an active role in leadership.

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Sunzy

    So underrated.

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Lion_65

    Robert Cray and The Robert Cray Band are NOT "the same thing". Otherwise they wouldn't have albums under two different names. There's nothing to confuse about. :)

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • markabeech

    I agree with Tr1xx - Robert Cray & The Robert Cray Band are the same thing!

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Seems to me there's a lot of confusion concerning tracks that should attributable simply to "Robert Cray"

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • Bugaloo7

    Well Robert is one of the B E S T , his Voice and so on . Very good . . . !

    2 May 2009 Reply
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