Ray Stinnett - Guitar & multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter with Sandra Stinnett-keyboard
Ray Stinnett BIOGRAPHY Ray Stinnett Singer, songwriter, rock guitarist; Ray Stinnett grew up in the shadow of the Memphis rock n roll music scene of the 50’s. By the early 60’s Memphis was under the influence of different musical cultures coming together in an amalgam of sound and rhythm. Ray was also becoming part of that scene, playing in clubs and studios around town and seeking his place as a professional musician and performer. In 1963 Ray married Sandra and thus began a lifelong relationship. Later in that same year, Ray became a founding member and original guitarist of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs of “Wooly Bully” fame (Billboard #1 record of the year 1965). By mid 1966 Ray was writing more songs and doing his own thing in the combo, “1st Century” (Capitol records release in 1967). After returning to Memphis from the SF Bay area at the end of the summer of love (1967), inspired by the 60’s personal liberation and awareness movement, Ray & Sandra began writing songs that express life’s broader and deeper experiences. They soon became acquainted with new friends and players and formed a working relationship with Booker T. Jones, who produced two albums on Ray. The first, (never before now released legendary album) titled “Sun Tree at Pepper West” (1969) and the second, produced for A&M Records in 1971. The album was not released and all rights of ownership went to Ray. The record went unreleased until 2012 when “A Fire Somewhere” with original artwork, gate-fold LP’s and CD’s with new 40 pg. booklets were finally pressed and released worldwide by Light in the Attic records. The album has received considerable acclaim in prominent newspaper and Record Collector Magazine reviews and best of 2012 reissue list, plus a Shindig Magazine feature article/interview and popular Internet & FM radio interviews.