The Cool Hall of Fame #90

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Johnny Ray

Guest Contributor: Peteski of Nevver

1 comment:

Testify said...

Good choice. Johnny Ray was covering black artists and trying to bring some of the passion that he heard in R&B to the mainstream well before most white folk had cottoned onto Rock n Roll. I think his admiration of artists such as The Prisonaires etc was sincere and like to believe his covers were intended as homage (as well as commercial endeavour obviously).
Not to mention just how strange and unlikely a star he was. Steven Berkoff wrote a very fine essay about Ray that I would recommend wholeheartedly to any interested parties.