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Johnnie Ray (1927–1990)

One of the greatest of the transition singers between the crooners and the rockers, Johnnie Ray was the only son of Elmer and Hazel Ray. He was born and raised in Oregon where he loved hiking in nature. He was close with his older sister, sometimes hiking with her. Mother nature eventually would inspire the song lyrics he wrote. After he became ... See full bio »

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 2010 Shutter Island (performer: "CRY" (1951))
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) ... (performer: "The Little White Cloud That Cried") / (writer: "The Little White Cloud That Cried")
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Red Glare (2004) ... (performer: "Cry")
 2003 The Singing Detective (performer: "Just Walking In The Rain" - as Johnny Ray)
 1993-1994 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- 20: Ende (1994) ... (performer: "Just Walking In The Rain" - uncredited)
- Reg.Nr.11 (1993) ... (performer: "Yes Tonight Josephine" - uncredited)
 1993 A Perfect World (writer: "The Little White Cloud that Cried")
 1987 Someone to Watch Over Me (performer: "CRY")
 1987 Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 (performer: "Just Walking in the Rain")
 1985 Desert Hearts (performer: "CRY")
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Roommate (1984) ... (performer: "Cry")
 1984 Surf II (performer: "Cry")
 1983 Heart Like a Wheel (performer: "Just Walking in the Rain")
 1982 Grease 2 (performer: "Cry" - uncredited)
 1971 The Last Picture Show (performer: "Please, Mr. Sun" - uncredited)
 1957 The Big Record (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (1957) ... (performer: "Cry" (uncredited), "Soliloquy of a Fool", "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (uncredited), "Home for the Holidays" (uncredited))
 1956 The Jimmy Durante Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.23 (1956) ... (performer: "Ain't Misbehavin'", "The Second Boy From The Right" (uncredited))
  General Electric Theater (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1955) (writer - 1 episode, 1955)
- Big Shot (1955) ... (performer: "Paths Of Paradise" - uncredited) / (writer: "Paths Of Paradise" - uncredited)
 1954 There's No Business Like Show Business (performer: "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "If You Believe" - uncredited)
 1953 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Johnnie Ray Show (1953) ... (performer: "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone", "Cry" - uncredited)
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[asked about his appeal to his mostly female audience] I've got no talent. Still sing flat as a table. I'm a sort of human spaniel. People come to see what I'm like. I make them feel, I exhaust them, I destroy them. See more »


Discovered and signed by Danny Kessler of Okeh Records (a subsidiary of Columbia Records, which recorded mostly black artists) when he went to the Flame Bar in Detroit to scout the black singer-pianist Little Miss Cornshucks. When Kessler found that Cornshucks already had a record contract, he auditioned and signed Ray, who was performing during the intermissions. When Kessler brought Ray's demo ... See more »


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