Sugar Ray & The Bluetones

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Raymond Alan Norcia, 6 June 1954, Westerly, Rhode Island, USA. Sugar Ray began playing harmonica while in his teens. He eventually formed the Bluetones, a band with which he played regularly at a blues club in Providence, Rhode Island. There, and also in Boston, Massachusetts, the band backed visiting blues artists including Roosevelt Sykes, Big Mama Thornton and Joe Turner. This was during the late 70s, and at the end of the decade the Bluetones had become the regular backing group for a long-time associate, guitarist Ronnie Earl. This was shortly before Earl joined another Rhode Island-based group, Roomful Of Blues. Sugar Ray recorded some EPs around this time under his own name and he also recorded with Earl. He continued playing with the Bluetones throughout the 80s and around the end of the decade he and the band made some albums for Rounder Records.

In 1991 Sugar Ray joined Roomful Of Blues, becoming lead singer in addition to playing...

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