SHOW 57 JULY 29- AUG 04, 2016
Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, Henry Gray is a true living legend. He’s recorded for seven decades and is one of the last remaining links to the heday of 50’s Chicago blues. After serving in the Army during WWII, he moved to Chicago and began playing piano for his old friend, Little Walter. Following Walters’s untimely death he joined the Howlin’ Wolf’s band where he would stay for 12 years and also lay down sessions for Chess records playing with the who’s who of the blues; Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Reed and many more. Gray was playing piano for Elmore James the night he died of a heart attack. Gray was featured alongside Ray Charles in Clint Eastwood’s documentary, Blues Piano. He played piano at Mick Jagger’s 55th birthday celebration in Paris. Gray has been nominated for a Grammy award multiple times.