Elray Johnson's "Ray Charles Tribute Band"
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The Biography of: “Blues Legend”
Elray Johnson

Elray Johnson is a recording veteran who started in the late 50'S with the “Elmoroccos", a show band out of New Castle, Pa with recordings that went regional. ­

Later he stayed on the road for 22 years working as a single act in the Midwest, Iowa, Minnesota, North & South Dakota.

In the late 80's he worked in Rochester, NY, where he stayed for two years. At the House of Blues he used saxophonist 'Pete Elus (formerly with James Brown).

The early 90’s found Elray in the Cleveland, Ohio area where he worked top blues clubs such as the 'Park Avenue Lounge, Golden Lady Sportsman's Lounge and Blue-Fellas Lounge. In the late 90's He began working in Pittsburgh, Pa. He worked with the Joey Stefinini band and The band Midnight Hour from Sharon, Pa.

Elray worked 12 years for the Lutz. Agency in Lincoln, Nebraska, Golden sounds in Toledo, Ohio for 7 years and the Wooton Agency in Rochester, NY for 4 years.

Currently, Elray can be seen playing at local Lounges, Mondays at Bill’s Place Wednesdays, at Winston’s Tavern, Thursdays at BB Rooners, Salem Ohio.

Much of his time is devoted to putting together his tribute show in memory of his mentor the "Genius” Ray Charles. The band made its debut in the First Quarter of 2005. Keep watching Elray’s Website for the details of where. and when they can be seen..

Elray has worked with Youngstown's greats such as Eddie Mingo and Larry B.rown (guitarists); Gene Barr, Buddy Wheeler and Iris Elders (saxphonists). He also shared the stage with Hump J ones, Big Boogie Dee and '5edril Hobbs, went behind Jack Mcduff in Rochester; Jimmy McGriff in Cleveland Jimmy Smith in Akron and Grooves Holmes in Columbus, Oh.

Elray Johnson has worked on or with artists such as: Robert Lockwood Jr (blues legend),Cleveland Fats, B.B.King,Big Maybelle, Cannonball Adderly, Deborah Coleman, Lonnie Brooks, Joe Bonamassa as well" as Comedians Dolamite, Ron Cochran and the Blues Doctors.

In the mid 60’s Elray recorded "Why did you take her away” and "Rinkey Dink’ on the courier-Empire label In the 70's Elray recorded "Ebb Tide" and "Hold on to my pride", also on courier. 'The Storm" was his next Album and is available to order on the website. Next was "Darkest Night" featuring Elray and Sharon native 'Pamela Wilson. The cd “Blues in the Night” features “Georgia" as 9 other great blues tunes. Elray,s "What About Me’ cd features Original '5ongs, "Call Me", "Completely”, “Darkest Night", "Rather be fishin” and “Round About Sundown", as well as others. The Storm, "Blues in the Nght’ and "What About Me cd’s are avaiabe on his web page www.geocandthastorm.com/elray