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DOUGLAS LEON WRAY

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Douglas Leon Wray, the youngest of the Wray Brothers. Doug provided the jackhammer beat for all of Link’s classic hits.
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Douglas Leon Wray was the youngest of the Wray Brothers, born on July 4, 1933 in Dunn North Carolina.  As with the rest of the family, Doug moved to Portsmouth in 1943 and was soon drumming in the Wray Brothers band, backing many of the top cowboy acts of the day, playing live radio shows and area honky tonks and nightclubs.

In 1955 the Wray family moved to Washington DC and became an instrumental part of the music scene.  In a very short time, they were regulars at many local DC area nightclubs.

Both Doug and Link fell ill with TB. Doug recovered faster than Link, and during Link’s recuperation, he joined country superstar Jimmy Dean’s band for a short time.

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Palomino Ranch Hand Doug. 1955 / 1956
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Once Link was out of the hospital, Doug and Shorty joined him as the RAY MEN and performed as such for many years.  Doug recorded on his own as well.  One such release was the rockabilly shaker "Goosebumps" on Epic.

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News clipping from the Maryland Independent newspaper, from Charles County Maryland. late 1970’s / early 1980’s.
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Although Doug retired from the Ray Men and went on to start his very successful barber shop (in Accokeek and later in Waldorf Maryland) he was never far from the music scene.

Doug appeared on Link's BULLSHOT LP, and sat in with Link a time or two in the late 1970s during Link's appearances in the Washington DC. One such appearance occurred at the Cellar Door in Washington DC during a Link Wray / Robert Gordon tour. Doug can be heard singing an uncredited duet with Link, THERE’LL BE NO OTHER, on the ROBERT GORDON release LIVE FAST LOVE HARD.

Doug was also a regular act at Waldorf Maryland’s Howard’s Restaurant.
A recording exists of Doug, with brothers Link and Vernon sitting in.
Doug continued his interest in music throughout his life.  He was working with Ray Man John Van Horn on John’s CD, I’VE GOT THE CURE until his death from a heart attack in 1984.
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Doug at Point Lookout State Park, in St. Mary’s County Maryland.
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Douglas Leon Wray