1 August 1953, Columbus, Georgia, USA. The popularity of guitar-based blues during the 80s had much to do with the unassuming brilliance of this artist. Crays music, a mixture of pure blues, soul and rock, and his fluid, clean style owes much to Albert Collins and Peter Green, while on faster numbers a distinct Jimi Hendrix influence is heard.
Athough he formed his first band in 1974, it was not until 1980 that Cray made his recording debut. Whos Been Talkin failed because the record label folded (it was later reissued by Charly Records). It was not until Bad Influence in 1983 that Crays name became widely known. During this period the Robert Cray Band featured the stellar rhythm section of Richard Cousins (bass) and Dave Olson (drums). The Grammy Award-winning Strong Persuader (1986) became the most successful blues album for over two decades, generating the classic tracks Smoking Gun and Right Next...
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