Chanteur Country US nť le 26 Janvier 1932 ŗ Henderson (Texas).

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Claude Gray stood 6'5" and was frequently called "the Tall Texan." During his nearly 30 years in music, he scored numerous hits, and was considered a major country star. He began his career in high school, performing in his native Henderson, Texas. Following Navy service from 1950-1954, he spent the bulk of the decade working as a salesman. He made his recording debut in 1959 after working as a radio announcer in Kilgore, Texas and as a DJ in Meridian, Mississippi; his first single, "I'm Not Supposed," was recorded for Pappy Daily's D Records.
In 1960, he had his first Top Ten hit with "Family Bible." The following year he scored with "I'll Just Have a Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go)," which made the country Top Five and was a minor hit on the pop charts. His next single, "My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About)," made it to the Top Three. Over the next two years, Gray made it to the charts four more times, but none of the songs, including "Daddy Stopped In," made it past the Top 20. He and Walt Breeland caused a minor controversy when they penned "The Ballad of Jimmy Hoffa," which their label, Mercury, wouldn't let them record. The song eventually came out on Smokey Stover's Ol' Podner label and was sold directly to the Teamsters.
Gray's singles began to appear steadily on the charts from the mid-'60s through the early '70s; most of these were medium-level hits, but songs such as "I Never Had the One I Wanted" and "How Fast Them Trucks Can Go" occasionally rose to the Top 20. Gray's contract with Mercury ended in 1972, and he moved to Million Records and had a minor hit, "Woman Ease My Mind," in 1973. He appeared on the charts only sporadically after that, scoring a final hit in 1986 with his version of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline."

Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Country-Pop

Barricade Around My Heart (1958)

EIGHT YEARS (AND TWO CHILDREN LATER) (1964)

NIGHT LIFE (1968)

TAKE OFF TIME (1969)

SWEET CAROLINE (1986)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1958 SP MINOR MH-108 (US) . My Tears Are Inside / When The Doorbell Rang
08/1958 SP MINOR MH-110 (US) . Late Again / Barricade Around My Heart
04/1959 SP D 1059 (US) . Letter Overdue / I'm Not Supposed
09/1959 SP D 1093 (US) . Best Part Of Me / Loneliness
01/1960 SP D 1118 (US) . Family Bible / Crying In The Night
05/1960 SP D 1144 (US) . My Party's Over / Leave Alone
08/1960 SP D 1154 (US) . Homecoming In Heaven / When The Light Shines In The Valley
11/1960 SP MERCURY 71732 (US) . I'll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee / I Want To Be Alone
1960 EP TOP RANK JKP 2063 (UK) Country And Western Express Vol. 4 - Family Bible (Claude GRAY) / Crying In The Night (Claude GRAY) / Have Blues Will Travel (Eddie NOACK) / A Thinking Man's Woman (Eddie NOACK) / Man On The Wall (Eddie NOACK)
05/1961 SP MERCURY 71826 (US) . My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About) / Crying In The Night
10/1961 SP MERCURY 71898 (US) . Talk To Me Old Lonesome Heart / Let's End It Before It Begins
04/1962 SP MERCURY 71936 (US) . You Take The Table (And I'll Take The Chairs) / Stone Heart
09/1962 SP MERCURY 72001 (US) . Daddy Stepped In / Three Times
12/1962 SP MERCURY 72063 (US) . Knock Again True Love / Call Of The Wild
03/1963 SP MERCURY 72088 (US) . First Love Never Dies / Heartbreak Eve
07/1963 SP MERCURY 72156 (US) . I'm Gonna Lie Again / Go Home Cheater
1963 EP MERCURY ? (S) The Shrimp Boats / You Belong To Me / Mona Lisa / Till Waltz Again With You
02/1964 SP MERCURY 72236 (US) . Eight Years (And Two Children Later) / Lonesome
10/1964 SP COLUMBIA 4-43150 (US) . Too Many Rivers / House Of Tears (Casa De Llorando)
05/1965 SP COLUMBIA 4-43294 (US) . Kinderhook Bill / Thank You Neighbor
10/1965 SP COLUMBIA 4-43443 (US) . Thank You For The Ride / For Losin' You
04/1966 SP COLUMBIA 4-43614 (US) . Mean Old Woman / Then Cry You Away
10/1966 SP DECCA 32039 (US) . I Never Had The One I Wanted / Effects Your Leaving Had On Me
04/1967 SP DECCA 32122 (US) . If I Ever Need A Lady (I'll Call You) / Because Of Him
08/1967 SP DECCA 32180 (US) . How Fast Them Truck Can Go / Next Time You See Me
02/1968 SP DECCA 32266 (US) . Your Devil Memory / Easy Way Out
04/1968 SP DECCA 32312 (US) . Night Life / Just Between Us Tears
10/1968 SP DECCA 32393 (US) . Love Of A Woman / Kind You Find Tonight Forget
03/1969 SP DECCA 32456 (US) . Don't Give Me A Chance / Once In Every Lifetime
09/1969 SP DECCA 32566 (US) . Sherry Ann / Take Off Time
02/1970 SP DECCA 32648 (US) . Crazy Arms / Cleanest Man In Cinncinnati
06/1970 SP DECCA 32697 (US) . Apartment No 9 / Everything Will Be All Right
02/1971 SP DECCA 32786 (US) . Save My Mind / Angel
07/1971 SP DECCA 32852 (US) . Your Devil Memory / Baton Rouge
03/1972 SP MILLION MIL 3 (US) . Jeannie / Straight Down To Heaven
07/1972 SP MILLION MIL 18 (US) . What Every Woman Wants To Hear / There's You
12/1972 SP MILLION MIL 31 (US) . Woman Ease My Mind / Don't Fight The Feeling
1973 SP MILLION MIL 36 (US) . Loving You Is A Habit I Can't Break / We Could
1974 SP COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL 158 (US) . Every Night Sensation / ?
1974 SP COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL 164 (US) . Every Night Sensation / Pride Goes Before A Fall
1974 SP COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL 169 (US) . He's Just An Illusion / Every Night Sensation
09/1976 SP GRANNY WHITE 10001 (US) . Rockin' My Memories / But That's Alright
01/1977 SP GRANNY WHITE 10002 (US) . We Fell In Love That Way / That's My Baby
1977 SP GRANNY WHITE 10003 (US) . It'll Do / Vin Rose
1978 SP GRANNY WHITE 10005 (US) . Slow Dancing / Late Cup Of Coffee
05/1978 SP GRANNY WHITE 10006 (US) . If I Ever Need A Lady / Bar
12/1978 SP GRANNY WHITE 10007 (US) . I Never Had The One I Wanted / Late Cup Of Coffee
1979 SP GUSTO GT4-2089 (US) . How Fast Them Trucks Can Go / I Never Had The One
1979 SP LITTLE DARLIN' LD-7924 (US) . It Ain't The Wakin' Up / Effects Your Leaving Had On Me
01/1982 SP GRANNY WHITE 10009 (US) . Let's Go All The Way (with Norma JEAN) / We Climbed A Mountain Last Night
1982 SP GRANNY WHITE 10010 (US) . Who Sent My Ex To Texas / So Sad
198? SP GRANNY WHITE 10011 (US) . How Fast Them Trucks Can Go / Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You
02/1986 SP COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL 208 (US) . Sweet Caroline / Half A Mind
???? SP GLAD MUSIC 1387 (US) . When The Light Shines In The Valley / Home Comin' Heaven








Albums

1961 LP 12" MERCURY MG-20658 (mono) / SR-60658 (stereo) (US) SONGS OF BROKEN LOVE AFFAIRS - I'll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee (Then I'll Go) / I Want To Be Alone / World I Can't Live In / Blackboard Of My Heart / I've Been Known To Cry / Treasure Of Love / My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About) / You Take The Table (And I'll Take The Chairs) / Stone Heart / Talk To Me Lonesome Heart / Your Old Love Letters / I Thought I Heard You Call My Name
1962 LP 12" MERCURY MG-20718 (mono) / SR-60718 (stereo) (US) COUNTRY GOES TO TOWN - You Belong To Me / Shrimp Boats / Why Don't You Believe Me / Goodnight Irene / Cry / I Really Don't Want To Know / Mona Lisa / Till I Waltz Again With You / 12th Of Never / Just Walking In The Rain / My Happiness / Too Young
06/1967 LP 12" DECCA DL-4882 (mono) / DL-74882 (stereo) (US) CLAUDE GRAY SINGS - Touch My Heart / Apartment No 9 / Walk Through This World With Me / Misty Blue / Next Time You See Me / I Never Had The One I Wanted / Just Between You And Me / Effects Your Leaving Had On Me / Kind Of Woman I Got / Moods Of Mary / Forgetfulness For Sale / How Fast Them Trucks Can Go
1968 LP 12" HILLTOP JM-6051 (mono) / JS-6051 (stereo) (US) TREASURE OF LOVE - Treasure Of Love / I Want To Be Alone / World I Can't Live In / Blackboard Of My Heart / I've Been Known To Cry / Your Old Love Letters / My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About) / Stone Heart / Talk To Me Lonesome Heart / I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
06/1968 LP 12" DECCA DL_4963 (mono) / DL-74963 (stereo) (US) THE EASY WAY OF CLAUDE GRAY - Night Life / Houston / Your Devil Memory / Little Ole Wine Drinker Me / Crying Time / Crazy Arms / If I Ever Need A Lady / Once In Every Lifetime / Easy Way Out / Because Of Him / Don't Give Me A Chance
12/1972 LP 12" MILLION LP-1002 (US) PRESENTING CLAUDE GRAY - Whoever Finds This I Love You / Woman Ease My Mind / Something Special / If You're Looking For A Fall / There's You / Don't Fight A Feeling / What Every Woman Wants To Hear / Loving You Is A Habit I Can't Break / Loving Her Was Easier / Jeannie / We Could / Straight Down To Heaven
1981 LP 12" KOALA AW-14902 (US) IF I EVER NEED A LADY - I Never Had The One That I Wanted / Late Cup Of Coffee / That's All Right / We Fell In Love That Way / The Bar / It'll Do / If I Ever Need A Lady I'll Call You / We Climbed A Mountain Last Night / Rockin' My Memories To Sleep / Slow Dancing / What Made Adam Sin
1995 CD Sunrise CGO-7951 (US)

Great Country Roads - Country Roads / He'll Have To Go / Borrowed Angel / Country Bumpkin / Canadian Pacific / I Never Had The One I Wanted / Four Walls / If I Ever Need A Lady / Whoever Finds This I Love You / Family Flower / Big Diamonds / Old Habits / Sweet Caroline / How Fast Them Trucks Go / So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go By)

1999 LP 12" Sunrise ? (US)

The Best Of Claude Gray - Volume One - I'll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee / I Just Want To Be Alone / Sweet Caroline / Night Life / If I Ever Need A Lady / Late Cup Of Coffee / Who Sent My Ex To Texas / Something Special / Rockin' My Memories To Sleep / Whoever Finds This, I Love You / I Never Had The One I Wanted / We Could / How Fast Them Trucks Can Go / So Sad To Watch Good Love Go Bad / Family Bible

2001 CD Federal FED-CD-6558 (US)

Best Of The Best - The Tall Texan - I'll Just Have A Cup Of Coffee (Then I'll Go) / I Never Had The One I Wanted / Apartment #9 / How Fast Them Trucks Can Go / Old Flames / If I Ever Need A Lady (I'll Call You) / Sweet Caroline / A Wound Time Can't Erase / I Still Miss Someone / Unclouded Day

2003 CD Sunrise 10005 (US)

Where No One Stands Alone - Great Speckled Bird / Angel Band / When The Saints Go Marching In / Homecoming In Heaven / Clinging To A Saving Hand / Put Your Hand In The Hand / Where No One Stands Alone / Beulah Land / Soft Warm Winds / What A Friend We Have In Jesus / Uncloudy Day / When The Light Shines In The Valley / America The Beautiful / Family Bible

2006 CD Sunrise 10007 (US)

Greatest Hits And Performances Vol. One - Canadian Pacific / Storms Never Last / Sweet Caroline / Borrowed Angel / Country Roads / Whoever Finds This / Rockin' My Memories To Sleep / Who Sent My Ex To Texas / I Still Miss Someone / Iíll just Have A Cup Of Coffee / Night Life / If I Ever Need A Lady / So Sad To See Good Love Go Love / Ribbon Of Darkness / A Late Cup Of Coffee / I Never Had The One / The Family Bible / How Fast Them Trucks Can Go / You Gave Me A Mountain / Heíll Have To Go / When The Saints Go Marching In / Angel Band / Great Speckled Bird / Clinging To A Saving Hand / America, The Beautiful

2006 CD Sunrise 10008 (US)

Claude Gray Greatest Hits vol. tWO - Little Old Wine Drinker / The Dark End Of The Street / Song Sung Blue / Last Thing On My Mind / Back In The Shadows / Just Between You And Me / Old Flames / Letís Go All The Way / Old Habits / Houston / Apartment No. 9 / Take Off Time / Devil Memories / My Ears Should Burb / The Bar / Crying Time / Walk Thru This World With Me / Misty Blue / Cleanest Man In Cincinnati / Donít Give Me A Chance / Crazy Arms / Country Bumpkin / The Easy Way Out / Loving Her Was Easier / Four Walls

09/2008 CD Gusto GT7-0849-2 (US) Best Of The Best - Claude Gray "The Tall Texan" - I'll Just Have A Cup of Coffee (Then I'll Go) / I Never Had The One I Wanted / Apartment #9 / How Fast Them Trucks Can Go / Old Flames / If I Ever Need A Lady (I'll Call You) / Sweet Caroline / A Wound Time Can't Erase / I Still Miss Someone / Unclouded Day
20?? CD Music USA No. 1001 (US)

The Greatest Hits Volume One / 20 ďGreat Performancesď - Country Roads / I Never Had The One / Rockin My Memories / He'll Have To Go / Another Cup Of Coffee / You Gave Me A Mountain / How Fast Them Trucks / If I Ever Need A Lady / I Never Had The One / Who Ever Finds This, I Love You / Who Sent My Ex To Texas / Night Life / Storms Never Last / I Still Miss Some One / Let's Go All The Way / So Sad To Watch Good Love Go Bad / Ribbon Of Darkness / The Family Bible

20?? CD Music USA No. 1002 (US)

The Greatest Hits Volume Two / 20 Great Performances - Little Ole Wine Drinker Me / Late Cup Of Coffee / Back In The Shadows / Old Flames / Lillie's White Lies / Loving Her Was Easier / Crazy Arms / The Bar / Borrowed Angel / Song Sung Blue / The Last Thing On My Mind / Walk Thru This World / Crying Time / Apartment #9 / The Easy Way Out / The Cleanest Man / I Want To Be Alone / Uncloudy Day / America The Beautiful

20?? CD Star Series 10002 (US)

The Best Of Claude Gray volume Two - Take Off Time / The Easy Way Out / Too Many Rivers To Cross / Apartment No. 9 / Call Of The Wild / Lonesome / Once In Every Lifetime / We Fell In Love That Way / Cry You Away / When Fools Are Talked About / Three Times / Donít Give Me A Chance / Mean Old Woman / Daddy Stopped In / Eight Years (And Two Children Later)

2012 CD WARPED 6030 (US) THE CHRONOGICAL CLAUDE GRAY - 1959-1961 -
2013 CD BACM CD D 407 (UK)

The Tall Texan - My Tears Are Inside / When The Doorbell Rang / Barricade Around My Heart / Late Again / I Just Want To be Alone / You Take The Table And Iíll Take The Chairs / Talk To Me Lonesome Heart / Letís End It Before It Begins / A World I Canít Live In / Blackboard Of My Heart / Iíve Been Known To Cry / Treasure Of Love / My Ears Should Burn / Stone Heart / Your Old Love Letters / I Thought I Heard You Call My Name / You Belong To Me / Shrimp Boats / Why Donít You Believe Me / Goodnight Irene / Cry / I Really Donít Want To Know / Till I Waltz Again With You / Just Walking In The Rain / My Happiness / Too Young / Three Times / Call Of The Wild

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