Singer/songwriter Ray Kennedy dead at 67

February 18, 2014 | 07:10PM EST
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Singer/songwriter RAY KENNEDY has died, aged 67.

A member of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand house band, the multi-instrumentalist hit the road as a touring members of groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Little Richard and Otis Redding.

He hit it big in the mid-1960s after signing a deal with Atlantic Records as half of the duo Jon and Ray.

Kennedy and partner Jon Misland worked with producers like Phil Spector and Arif Mardin, but failed to release an album.

The singer went solo after working with Group Therapy on two late 1960s albums, and found success as a songwriter, working with the likes of the Beach Boys (Sail On, Sailor).

He also co-founded KGB with Barry Goldberg and Michael Bloomfield.

Kennedy spent the 1980s as a solo artist and session musician, contributing to the music for the 1988 Olympics and touring with Aerosmith and the Michael Schenker Group.

He also worked with Englebert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton and Mick Fleetwood - he co-wrote These Strange Times for Fleetwood Mac.


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