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 Ray William Pollard, Sr

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Ray William Pollard, Sr

  • Birth 25 Aug 1930 New York, USA
  • Death 26 Jan 2005 Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
  • Burial Boulder City, Clark County, Nevada, USA
  • Plot Section P, Site 174
  • Memorial ID 14138277

R&B/Doo-Wop Musician. A native of New York, New York, Pollard was a the lead singer of the popular doo-wop musical group, 'The Wanderers,' along with baritone Robert Yarbrough, bass Sheppard 'Shep' Grant, and tenor Frank Joyner. Originally called, 'The Barons,' the group had some minor hits with, 'For Your Love,' and 'Thinking Of You,' before being signed to the Savoy Record Label in Newark, New Jersey, in October of 1953. They released there first single, 'Hey Mae Ethel,' for that label shortly after signing and then were given several bookings to appear at clubs in and around New York City. They appeared as the opening slot for singer Big Maybelle at the Club Baby Grand in Harlem and then went on tour, before recording on Dolly Cooper's, 'Love Can Be Blind.' In 1954, the group signed with the Decca Record Label and changed there name to 'The Larks,' before settling on 'The Singing Wanderers.' Following the name change the group recorded the songs, 'Say Hey Willie Mays,' and 'Three Roses,' and then went onto on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of The Town" television program. The group again changed there name in 1957, but this time to just simply, 'The Wanderers.' The same year they released, 'Thinking Of You,' and then released other songs for the Onyx Record Label, before signing to the Orbit Record Label, later the Cub Records Label. After signing they released, 'Teenaged Quarrel,' but the song failed. They then released the cover of Ed Townsend's 1957 classic ballad, 'For Your Love,' which went to the national pop charts in the summer of 1961. They then did a a ballad version of Frank Sinatra's, 'I'll Never Smile Again,' and there last effort which was an original called 'Somebody Else's Sweetheart,' which did well on the charts for sometime. The group were later switched over to the MGM Record Label, but dropped in 1962. They then signed with the United Artists Record Label, and issued two singles, 'After He Breaks Your Heart,' in 1962, and 'You Can't Run Away From Me,' in 1963. The songs did not do well and by 1963 the group had called it quits. Pollard went on to appear in the Broadway musical, 'Purlie,' and appear in clubs as a solo artist. A veteran of the Korean War, he had served as a Corporal in the United States Army. On January 26, 2005, Pollard passed away at the age of 74, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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