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Johnnie Ray
Birth: Jan. 10, 1927
Dallas
Polk County
Oregon, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 1990
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Musician. Born John Alvin Ray in in Dallas, Oregon, he was singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the most popular entertainers of the 1950s. He was partially deaf since childhood and began wearing a hearing aid at age 14. In 1951, his first effort was a song he had written titled "Whiskey and Gin" which became a hit and he was signed to the Okeh label. He recorded the song "Cry", that was produced by Mitch Miller and became a number one smash hit. He soon moved to Columbia Records where he recorded 25 hits in the top thirty from 1951 to 1957. His many songs included "Little White Cloud that Cried", "Just Walkin in the Rain", "Walkin' My Baby Home", "Please Mr. Sun" and "Candy Lips". He also appeared on many television shows and in the musical film "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954). Although he faded from popularity in the United States in the late 1950's, he continued to be popular in Europe, toured Australia many times and had more performances there than any other American performer. He died in Los Angeles, California, at age 63 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Elmer Clarence Ray (1896 - 1973)
  Hazel Louise Simkins Ray (1902 - 1977)
 
 Sibling:
  Elma Ray Money (1923 - 1996)*
  Johnnie Ray (1927 - 1990)
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: liver failure
 
Burial:
Hopewell Cemetery
Dayton
Yamhill County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Mar 12, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8831
Johnnie Ray
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Johnnie Ray
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