Wade Ray

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Wade Ray
Wade Ray on the Cover of Idaho Red album
Wade Ray on the Cover of Idaho Red album
Background information
Birth nameLyman Wade Ray
Born(1913-04-13)April 13, 1913
Griffin, Indiana U.S.
DiedNovember 11, 1998(1998-11-11) (aged 85)
Sparta, IL, U.S.
GenresWestern Swing
InstrumentsVocals, fiddle

Wade Ray (April 13, 1913 in Evansville, Indiana – November 11, 1998 in Sparta, IL) was an American Western Swing fiddler and vocalist.[1] His bands, the Wade Ray Five, Wade Ray And His Ozark Mountain Boys, etc., included musicians such as Kenneth Carllile and Curly Chalker. He retired to Sparta, Illinois in 1979 where he died in 1998.[1]


  • "Are You Fer It?" B "Walk Softly", Wade Ray And His Ozark Mountain Boys 1951
  • Let Me Go, Devil, first recorded on July 2, 1953 by Wade Ray, followed a few weeks later by Georgie Shaw, Johnny Bond and Tex Ritter
  • "Wild Heart", written by Cindy Walker, B "Little Green Valley" RCA Victor 1957
  • "Idaho Red", the first 'trucker song', 1953
Appearances on other artists' recordings


  1. ^ a b "Wade Ray | Music Biography, Credits and Discography | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22.

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