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Ray Peterson

The owner of a four-octave voice, singer Ray Peterson enjoyed a handful of pop hits during the early '60s, among them the Phil Spector-produced "Corrina Corrina" and the car-crash melodrama "Tell Laura I Love Her." Born April 23, 1939, in Denton, TX, he spent much of his childhood recovering from polio, and during an extended stay in a nearby treatment facility he began performing for his fellow patients. As Peterson's health returned he began singing professionally in local clubs, eventually relocating to Los Angeles; there he was discovered by manager Stan Shulman, signing to RCA in 1958. Peterson's early material ran the gamut from teen ballads like "Let's Try Romance" to covers including Little Willie John's "Fever," all to little success; he finally scored a hit in 1959 with "The Wonder of You," which reached the Top 30 in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Another minor hit, "Answer Me," followed before Peterson scored his greatest success with the 1960 epic "Tell Laura I Love Her." The record's popularity allowed the singer to fund his own label, Dunes, and he soon recruited producer Spector to helm a smash rendition of the traditional "Corrina Corrina." The Dunes roster also included singer Curtis Lee, for whom Spector produced the 1961 hits "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" and "Under the Moon of Love." Peterson himself went on to cut the Goffin/King-authored "Missing You" and "I Could Have Loved You So Well," but his stardom quickly faded, and after scoring a last minor chart entry with 1963's "Give Us Your Blessing" he signed to MGM in an attempt to cross over to country audiences, ultimately retiring from performing as the decade drew to a close. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Tell Laura I love her..Is his most memorable song
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Went to High School with Ray. We were both in choir together. These old recordings don't do him justice. I talked to him 3 months prior to his passing. All he wanted to do was sing. He died of cancer. One in a lifetime talent. Was known as the singers singer in the industry.
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jeffcon_49
One of my all time favorites
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Good night my love
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it's on again
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PANDORA: you must think I like Corrina Corrina you play it about 10 times a day !! LOL
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I am blessed to have enjoyed him then and now!
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DAMN sorry I WAS NOT HIS NUMBER ONE FAN BACK THEN!!
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So DAMN sorry I did not appreciate or whatever to his wonderful talent WAY back then but sure do now at 68!! Jukebox Mary!!
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'Goodnight My Love' God bless you...always . . .
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Ray Peterson was very popular, when i was young there is no day that i cannot hear his songs on the radio. Great voice.
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Your doing GREAT!!
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Thanks!
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lacsonorama
nostalgic
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lornsmd
bring back memories
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lornsmd
I love his voice, cool.
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I remember him so well when I was in grade school... still love him!!
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jr919lmsncom l e w _ 8
Rock n Roll will never be the same
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ksears85
i love listening to him; true talent!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RAY!!!
Thanks for the memories!
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jans1998
They do not make them like that anymore. Great voice.
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I would be thankful for Ray Peterson today!! So few real talents to choose from now.
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What a great talent Ray Peterson had during his productive years,one of the best singers in the bunch of great one`s...Than k s Pandora
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rgspops
He is just up the road for me. Just sorry he never made it big. Great voice.
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This guy has a wonderful voice. Corinna Corinna was the greatest, although "Tell Laura I Love Her" was big, for me it was a little corny.

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