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Blind Arvella Gray (January 28, 1906 - September 7, 1980) was an
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singer and guitarist. Gray was born James Dixon, in Somerville, Texas. He spent the latter part of his life performing and
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folk, blues and gospel music at
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and at rapid-transit depots. In the 1960s, he recorded two singles for his own Gray label, including "Freedom Rider" backed with "Freedom Bus." Gray's only
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album
, ''The Singing Drifter'' (1973), was reissued on the Conjuroo
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in 2005. The reissue was produced by Cary Baker, who wrote the liner notes for the original
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, released by Birch Records. Gray died in
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Chicago
, Illinois, in September 1980, at the age of 74.


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Illustrated Blind Arvella Gray discography
1906 births 1980 deaths African-American musicians American blues singers American male singers American blues guitarists American male guitarists Songwriters from Texas American street performers
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