"John Alvin "Johnnie" Ray" was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Extremely popular for most of the 1950s, Ray has been cited by critics as a major precursor of what would become rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music and his animated stage personality. Tony Bennett credits Ray as being the true father of rock and roll.
British Hit Singles & Albums noted that Ray was "a sensation in the 1950s, the heart-wrenching vocal delivery of 'Cry' ... influenced many acts including Elvis Presley/Elvis and was the prime target for teen hysteria in the pre-Presley days."If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More Johnnie Ray on Wikipedia.