David Rea (musician)

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David Rea (pronounced "ray") (October 26, 1946 in Akron, Ohio – October 27, 2011 in Portland, Ore.) was an American folk guitarist, singer, composer and songwriter. He played with many of the famous names of modern folk music and folk rock, such as Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Judy Collins, Ian and Sylvia, Fairport Convention, and Tom May. His song-writing includes co-writing the hit song "Mississippi Queen". He wrote a radio opera "Emperor" for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He won the Gabriel Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for a three-part series "David Rea's Robert Johnson", about the blues singer Robert Johnson.

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