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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
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.
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