Edward Garvin Futch, 19 August 1944, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Futch, one of 11 children, was raised in bayou country. His father, a truck driver and blues guitarist, used to take him to honky tonks. He was given a guitar, and by the time he was 13 years old, he was playing in a rock n roll band. When the family moved to Georgia in 1960, he worked for a radio station and recorded his own song, Once A Fool, as Eddy Raven for the small Cosmo label. They returned to Lafayette in 1963 and Raven worked in La Louisianne record store and also made singles for the owners label. In 1969 he recorded That Crazy Cajun Sound, which impressed Jimmy C. Newman, who then secured Raven a songwriting contract in Nashville with Acuff-Rose. He also worked as lead singer for Jimmie Davis band and toured with him during an election campaign for Governor of Louisiana.
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