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Ray Sanders
Born:  October 1, 1935
KHEY El Paso, TX

About The Artist

Ray Sanders was born in Hardin County, Kentucky in a log cabin home that was said to be a bit like the one Abe Lincoln was born in. His education in his younger years took place in schools in Kentucky, but college took him to Texas Western in El Paso, Texas where he got interested in the western way of life. At one time six foot two Ray said he wanted to make a home in the southwest someday.

While he was in El Paso, he said in an article in an old Cowboy Songs magazine that he started working at KHEY which was a 10,000 watt station back then. The station booked him for personal appearances all around the southwest in places such as El Paso, Tucson, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico and more.

He came back to Kentucky and worked with WLEX-TV out of Lexington. Later on, he was singing on the Mutual Radio Network. That got him in touch with many folks in the business and one of them was Hal Smith from Nashville, Tennessee. He got Ray a recording contract with Cullman Records and was booked on tours throughout the country.

When he got to appear on the WSM Grand Ole Opry, it got the attention of Liberty Records who signed him to their roster and because of that, he moved to Hollywood to work on his recordings. Of the first six records he did with Liberty, he had seven songs hit the national charts. They reported that one disc jockey poll voted him number six best new singer.

In addition to his music interests, Ray had some business interests as well as being a writer and an electronic technician.

Some of the records that he did that did well for him included, "Dynamite", "Walking Blues" and "This Time". In 1959, he did a tune with the backup of the Jorndanaires - "I Can't Resist You" b/w "I'm So Afraid".

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 62 (July 1959); American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.
  • Cowboy Songs No. 74 (June 1964); American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  66366 A Beer Drinkin' Music
  66366 B Gotta Find A Way
  66408 A Three Tears (For The Sad, Hurt and Blue)
  66408 B Lucille
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  55267 A World So Full Of Love
  55267 B Little Bitty Tear
  55304 A Lonelyville
  55304 B I Haven't Gone Far Enough Yet
  55348 A Walk Slow
  55348 B Two Hearts Are Broken
  55406 A Punish Me Tomorrow
  55406 B You're Welcome Anytime
  55486 A If I Can Slip Away
  55486 B See One Broken Heart
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1113 A Same Shape I'm In
  1113 B Amarillo
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  232 A Graveyard Dance
  232 B My World Is Upside Down
  270 A The Only Way To Fly
  270 B Don't Let Your Love Grow Cold
United Artists
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  50689 A Blame It On Rosey
  50689 B Waikiki Sand
  50732 A Judy
  50732 B The Wild Side Of Life
  50774 A Walk All Over Georgia
  50774 B Tonight She'll Make Me Happy
  50827 A All I Ever Need Is You
  50827 B Before I Met You
  50933 A Lucius Grinder
  50933 B You Let My Love Live

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