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Robert Cray

Updated on February 1, 2015

Robert Cray

I have always really enjoyed Robert Cray's music. Cray is one of the few blues artists who has managed to achieve a mainstream following. In a career that began in the 1970's, he has successfully blended elements of traditional blues, pop, and rhythm & blues. While achieving critical acclaim, Cray has made no apologies for his more popular music style, and he's been rewarded with four Grammy Awards for his innovative musical works.

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Robert Cray in a 1998 concert in Philadelphia.

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Robert Cray Biography

Robert Cray started playing guitar in his early teens. At Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia, his love of blues and soul music flourished as he started collecting records. Originally, Robert Cray wanted to become an architect, but at about the same time he was going to study design in architecture he formed a local band "Steakface", described as "the best band from Lakewood you never heard of". Cray on guitar and vocals contributed greatly to Steakface's set list of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fleetwood Mac, The Grease Band, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull, Spirit and The Faces.

By the time he was twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert Collins, Freddie King and Muddy Waters in....(read more)

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Robert Cray: "Right Next Door" Video

I can hear the couple fighting right next door

Their angry words sound clear through these thin walls....

Strong Persuader - 1986

Strong Persuader
Strong Persuader

Featuring; "Smoking Gun", "I Guess I Showed Her", "Right Next Door" and "Nothin' but a Woman".


Cray Trivia Tidbit

In the movie National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), the bass player in the band "Otis Day and the Knights" is a young bluesman named Robert Cray. Cray was 'instrumental' in getting the musicians together that appeared as the band.

Cray Discography

Who's Been Talkin' - 1980

Bad Influence - 1983

False Accusations - 1985

Showdown! - 1985 (recorded with Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland)

Strong Persuader - 1986

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - 1988

Midnight Stroll - 1990

I Was Warned - 1992

Shame + A SIN - 1993

Some Rainy Morning - 1995

Sweet Potato Pie - 1997

Take Your Shoes Off - 1999

Shoulda Been Home - 2001

Time Will Tell - 2003

Twenty - 2005

Live From Across The Pond - 2006

Live At The BBC - 2008

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      5 years ago

      a nice lens to learn about an artist.

      i enjoyed the video Robert Cray - Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

      blues forever.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 

      7 years ago

      fantastic lens! love smoking gun! have strong persuader cd!

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      7 years ago

      First time I listen to Robert Cray - thanks for this great lens!

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      7 years ago

      I've enjoyed a number of Robert Cray's songs after watching "Staggered" featuring Martin Clunes. "Just A Loser" was an excellent choice early on in the film, just after being left naked on a remote Scottish island a week before his wedding. Good film and a great song.

    • GetFactsnotHype profile image


      7 years ago

      I hadn't seen this before - YEAH more blues ! !

      I updated my blues page about 8 times or more now since you've seen it last, and added at least 4 more sections. About to update again in a day or so.

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      7 years ago

      A special April Fools' Day blessing for a well-deserving lens. :)

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      Now you are talking blues!

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      8 years ago

      First saw Robert Cray in the UK on the 'Strong Persuader' tour and was blown away. Reading your lens brings back so many memories - great stuff!

    • Demaw profile image


      8 years ago

      I love the blues and the history of blues artists.

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      motherbunny lm 

      9 years ago

      I adore this lens, LOVE the blues. What seems a million moons ago i was a back-up singer in a highly rated blues/rock band in the uk and I had the pleasure or being support to Robert Cray. He had heard so much feedback about our frontman he came out into the audience to watch the band. That was one of my most memorable moments in time. Well done.You've done him credit Jackie

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      9 years ago

      Hey everyone! I'm only 11 years-old but my Dad first introduced me to Robert Cray. I think he's a wonderful artist with a very unique voice. I think he is overlooked, but not in my world. My favorite song (the one in the middle) was Blues Song of The Year in 1997, the year I was born. Write back! Thanks!!


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      10 years ago

      A terrific musician- great for a lens. I've seen him live about 5 times and would always go again. You might want to see my guitar lens (blues, jazz, lessons, advice, suggestions, concerts, etc.) and women guitar players' lens: and

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      10 years ago from California

      Very nice, I've always been a big fan...thanks for reminding me to look up his music again 5 *'s

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      10 years ago

      I am a big Robert Cray fan. I first started listening to him around 1985 or 1986. I love the blues - welcome to the Blues Music Group

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      gmarlett lm 

      10 years ago

      Awesome job on your lens, I had not heard of Robert Cray, but I love the blues! Welcome to the Squid Groovy Group.


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