Miss Ray RIP Raynoma Gordy Singleton

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More very sad news ..

Raynoma Gordy Singleton passed on 11 November aged 79.

I had the pleasure of meeting her in Los Angeles many years ago and she was beautiful. funny, full of stories and full of mischief. The day spent with her, Eddie Singleton and Barbara Randolph is one I will never forget.

We all talked about Motown, Detroit .. and of course Shrine Records.

I wrote about her in the sleeve notes for the first Shrine CD which can be viewed via Soul Source

She will be sadly missed by so many

R.I.P Miss Ray

You were one of a kind

Andy

Raynoma Singleton Obituary

 

 

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In Memory of

Raynoma Gordy Singleton

March 8, 1937 - November 11, 2016

 

Scans - Miss Ray connected label scans added 23 Nov 2016

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History passing!  Thanks for posting Andy, just re-read the Shrine notes. Great detail. RIP a giant of our music. 

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5 Miss Ray connected quality label scans from Andy Rix have just been added to the original article....

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Raynoma's book is one of my cherished pieces on American Soul Music. I even bought the spoken word version for goodness sake. My only regret is that Miss Ray didn't elaborate more on her collaboration with Eddie Singleton at Shrine in Washington DC. However, Andy Rix's detective work and interviews provide superb notes on this wonderful record label.

Here's some more label scans which help confirm that Miss Ray was a multi-talented music lady.

Miss Ray RIP

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Miss Ray played the ondioline on a number of songs including Gordy's first release, Linda and the Vistas and Zing by the Satintones.

This 1950's version provides an idea of what it looked like. It provided vibrato sounds and is referred to as the first synthesizer.

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