Personalities | Robert Cray | Eighties | Rock
(Guitar, vocals, b. 1953)
By the 1970s the blues was a debased currency amongst Afro-Americans. Robert Cray was the first major black artist to rehabilitate the genre. Born in Columbus, Georgia, Cray paid a lot of dues before eventually releasing Who’s Been Talkin’ in 1980. Several hundred gigs down the road, Bad Influence emerged in late 1983 (1984 in the UK) with Eric Clapton sitting in (Cray still works with ‘Slowhand’).
Showdown (1985), an album shared with two of Cray’s heroes, Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland, displayed the tradition Robert was coming from. Where he was going to was pointed out on his soul-tinged breakthrough, Strong Persuader in 1986. This married Cray’s full-toned, economic guitar style and his beautiful, gospelly voice, reaching No. 13 in the US. Cray continues to renew the blues with his strong songwriting skills and interesting arrangements, on the likes of Sweet Potato Pie (1997) and Shoulda Been Home (2001).
An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...
Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.
The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.
Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers
his life, music, art and movies, with a
sweep of incredible photographs.