Ray, Johnnie Bands and Artists Traditional Pop Vocal

John Alvin Ray (1927-1990) was a pop singer from Oregon. Ray was deaf in one ear and wore a hearing aid. One of the transitional figures between the crooners and rock-and-roll, he performed in a highly emotional style to orchestral arrangements. He was given the nicknames "Prince of Wails" and "Nabob of Sob" because of his ability to cry at will during songs on stage. His first hit was the two sided single "Cry"/"Little White Cloud That Cried" from 1951. Ray appeared in one film, the musical "There's No Business Like Show Business" with Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, and Marylin Monroe.

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