Ray Sanders was born in Hardin County, Kentucky in a log cabin home that was
said to be a bit like the one Abe Lincoln was born in. His education in his
younger years took place in schools in Kentucky, but college took him to
Texas Western in El Paso, Texas where he got interested in the western
way of life. At one time six foot two Ray said he wanted to make a home
in the southwest someday.
While he was in El Paso, he said in an article in an old Cowboy Songs magazine
that he started working at KHEY which was a 10,000 watt station back then. The
station booked him for personal appearances all around the southwest in places
such as El Paso, Tucson, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico and more.
He came back to Kentucky and worked with WLEX-TV out of Lexington. Later on,
he was singing on the Mutual Radio Network. That got him in touch with many
folks in the business and one of them was Hal Smith from Nashville, Tennesse.
He got Ray a recording contract with Cullman Records and was booked on tours
throughout the country.
When he got to appear on the WSM Grand Ole Opry, it got the attention of Libery
Records who signed him to their roster and because of that, he moved to
Hollywood to work on his recordings. Of the first six records he did with
Liberty, he had seven songs hit the national charts. They reported that one
disc jockey poll voted him number six best new singer.
In addition to his music interests, Ray had some business interests as well
as being a writer and an electronic technician.
Some of the records that he did that did well for him included, "Dynamite",
"Walking Blues" and "This Time". In 1959, he did a tune with the backup of
the Jorndanaires - "I Can't Resist You" b/w "I'm So Afraid".
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 62 (July 1959); American Folk Publications, Inc.;
- Cowboy Songs No. 74 (June 1964); American Folk Publications, Inc.;