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Henry Gray

Henry Gray had been born in Kenner outside New Orleans in 1925, but he was raised in Alsen, just north of Baton Rouge and after some years in the north he came back to settle in Baton Rouge in 1968. By that time, he was a veteran of the Howlin' Wolf band and had played piano for all the stars of the Chicago blues scene. Tired of the touring life he became a roofer for the parish school board by day and an occasional musician by night. He formed the Cats with drummer Zack 'The Cat' Gaines. When things stabilized for Gray in Baton Rouge, he took to playing organ as often as piano. In 1970 he recorded for Jay Miller's BLUES UNLIMITED label and for ARHOOLIE and started to appear at all the local jazz and blues festivals.

On this solo performance, just piano and vocal, Gray confirms his mastery of the barrelhouse piano blues and sings with a quality that belies his limited chances as a recorded singer.

From 1977, Gray started to accept offers to tour in Eu- rope on the back of recordings for a German label, BLUEBEAT. Since then, he has been in demand at festi- vals across the United States and Europe and has recorded albums for specialist labels like BLIND PIG, WOLF, TELARC, BLUE HOUSE, LUCKY CAT, and HIGHTONE. He appeared in Martin Scorsese’s PBS series 'The Blues,' and in 2006 he was awarded the National Her- itage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts. At the time of this writing, he is still playing.


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Extract from: Various Artists - Blues Kings Of Baton Rouge (2-CD) - BCD17512

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Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest Henry Gray & Bob Corritore: Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest Art-Nr.: CDDGP169

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(2015/Delta Groove) 14 tracks. Legendary blues pianist Henry Gray has collaborated with harmonica ace Bob Corritore since 1996. This first volume presents a 14 song selection recorded over a 19-year period. Henry sings 9 of these...
Blues Of Henry Gray: Blues Of Art-Nr.: DVD6047

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Henry Gray, born in 1925, is best-known for his 12-year stint with Howlin' Wolf's band. In the late '60s, he relocated to his home in Alsen, Louisiana. The recording is fine. Filmed with hand-held cameras. HENRY GRAY -pno/voc. -...
Lucky Man Henry Gray: Lucky Man Art-Nr.: CDBP8013

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First time on CD. For twelve years, from 1956-68, he was a member of Howlin' Wolf's combo, before moving back to Louisiana. This was his first US release. Straight Chicago style blues, recorded with some fine players. HENRY GRAY -...
Times Are Gettin' Hard Henry Gray & The Cats: Times Are Gettin' Hard Art-Nr.: CDLC1005

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He was the Wolf's long-time piano player. For last forty plus years he has been living in his home state of Louisiana where this set of mostly new songs was recorded, probably with a white band. Rock solid stuff, a bit tiring after a...