The Robert Cray Band: “Smoking Gun” and “Back Door Slam”

Wikipedia’s entry on Robert Cray contains a very interesting piece of movie trivia:

By the age of twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert CollinsFreddie King and Muddy Waters in concert and decided to form his own band; they began playing college towns on the West Coast. In the late 1970s he lived in Eugene, Oregon, where he formed the Robert Cray Band and collaborated with Curtis Salgado in the Cray-Hawks. In the 1978 film National Lampoon’s Animal House, Cray was the uncredited bassist in the house party band Otis Day and the Knights. After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury Records in 1982. Two albums on HighTone Records in the mid-80s, Bad Influence and False Accusations, were moderately successful in the United States and in Europe, where he was building a reputation as a live artist. His fourth album release, Strong Persuader, produced by Dennis Walker, received a Grammy Award, while the crossover single “Smokin’ Gun” gave him wider appeal and name recognition. (Continued Reading…)

Here is Cray’s website, a discography and a video of his participation in an NPR Tiny Desk Concert series.

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