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Encyclopedia > Robert Cray
Robert Cray (foreground)
Robert Cray (foreground)

Robert Cray (born 1 August 1953, in Columbus, Georgia) is a blues musician, guitarist and singer. Image File history File linksMetadata Robertcray. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Robertcray. ... August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Columbus is a city located in Muscogee County, Georgia. ... Blues music redirects here. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ...

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Career

Robert Cray was among artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and George Thorogood, who got wider radio airplay and regular MTV video exposure during the late 1980s. He started playing guitar in his early teens. In high school his love of blues and soul music flourished as he started collecting records. By the time he was twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert Collins, Freddie King and Muddy Waters in concert, and decided to form his own band. His band started playing college towns on the west coast. After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury Records in 1982. His third release, Strong Persuader, received a Grammy Award, while the crossover single "Smokin' Gun" gave him wider appeal and name recognition. Stephen (Stevie) Ray Vaughan, commonly SRV, (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990), born in Dallas, Texas, was an American blues guitarist, known as one of the most influential electric blues musicians in history. ... George Thorogood (born December 31, 1951) is a blues-rock and rock performer from Wilmington, Delaware. ... Airplay is a technical term used in the radio industry to state how frequently a song is being played on a radio station. ... MTV (Music Television) is a cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Albert Collins album cover Albert Collins (October 1, 1932 – November 24, 1993) was a blues guitarist, singer and musician. ... Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976) was a blues guitarist and singer. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 or 1913 – April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician and is generally considered the father of Chicago blues. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cover of Strong Persuader Released in 1986, Strong Persuader was Robert Crays breakthrough album to the mainstream and his small fanbase grew to gigantic proportions. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music...


By now, Cray was an opening act for major stars, such as Eric Clapton (who remains a loyal friend to this day), and sold out larger venues as a solo artist. By the early 1990s his name was immediately associated with his soothing, soulful voice, crisp, clean guitar work, and innovative modern blues sound. Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and his touring band consists of bass, drums, keyboard, saxophone and trumpet. An example of the famous Clapton is God graffiti craze Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born March 30, 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most respected and influential musicians of the rock era, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the very late 1980s and from 2000 and beyond. ... 1950s-style Telecaster with natural finish, with metal bridge cover removed. ... A Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard and three-tone sunburst finish. ...


He continues to record and tour. Cray appeared multiple times on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, and is currently supporting 'Slowhand' on his 2006 world tour. The Crossraods Guitar Fesetival was a benefit concert for Eric Claptons Crossroads Centre located in Antigua. ... An example of the famous Clapton is God graffiti craze Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born March 30, 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most respected and influential musicians of the rock era, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into...


Also, in the film Animal House, Cray plays the uncredited bassist in Otis Day's band. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... The Deltas in front of their house Movie poster of Animal House National Lampoons Animal House (also called Animal House) is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of Delta fraternity boys takes on the system at their college. ...


Discography

Compilations and re-issues Bad Influence is a 1983 blues album by the blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Robert Cray. ... False Accusations is a full-length album by The Robert Cray Band. ... Albert Collins album cover Albert Collins (October 1, 1932 – November 24, 1993) was a blues guitarist, singer and musician. ... Cover of Strong Persuader Released in 1986, Strong Persuader was Robert Crays breakthrough album to the mainstream and his small fanbase grew to gigantic proportions. ... Released in 1988, Robert Crays followup to Strong Persuader was not quite as beloved by the public as its predecessor, but Dont Be Afraid Of The Dark still did well on the charts, and it was considered one of the most anticipated blues albums of all time. ... Shoulda Been Home is a 2001 album by blues musician Robert Cray consisting of 12 fresh tracks, 7 of them written or co-written by Cray. ...

  • Who's Been Talkin' re-issue - 2001
  • Heavy Picks - The Robert Cray Band Collection - 1999
  • The Best Of Robert Cray edition of 20th Century Masters / The Millennium Collection - 2002

References

  • Guinness Book of British Hit Albums - 7th Edition - ISBN 0-85112-619-7
  • Guinness Rockopedia - ISBN 0-85112-072-5
  • The Great Rock Discography - 5th Edition - ISBN 1-84195-017-3
  • The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray - ISBN 1-85868-255-X

External links

  • Official Site
  • Robert Cray's "Twenty" music video on the American Friends Service Committee's web site.
  • Robert Cray's Altsounds.com Profile
  • Robert Cray Fan Club

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Robert Cray - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (380 words)
Robert Cray (born 1 August 1953, in Columbus, Georgia) is a blues musician, guitarist and singer.
Robert Cray was among artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and George Thorogood, who got wider radio airplay and regular MTV video exposure during the late 1980s.
Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and his touring band consists of bass, drums, keyboard, saxophone and trumpet.
Ink 19 :: Robert Cray (670 words)
Cray still sings bluesy themes and speaks to the broken heart in all humans, yet his new music owes more to the soulful stylings of the Stax era and the Motown soundwhich were pioneered in the '60s and '70s by Ann Peebles and Al Green.
Cray's performance, accompanied by his own band and the flawless Memphis Horns, was impeccable.
Cray plays the only guitar in his band, which means that the sheer range and variety, and constant fascination, in his guitar treatments of his tunes proves a true wonder.
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