1987 Robert Cray Band – Smoking Gun
Robert Cray’s father moved a few times thanks to a career in the military, so while Georgia was his birthplace, Roberft also lived in Virginia and Washington state.
He began playing in bands while still in high school and formed his own band by the time he turned 20, playing guitar and singing the blues. He recorded his first album in 1980.
Robert signed with Mercury Records in 1986 and recorded his fourth album, Strong Persuader. The album won Grammy awards for the Best Traditional Blues Recording and the Best Contemporary Blues Recording.
His single from the album, Smoking Gun, reached #2 on the US Mainstream Rock chart and #22 on the Hot 100 in 1986. The MTV Video Music Awards nominated Robert as the Best New Artist in a video, but the award went to Crowded House for Don’t Dream It’s Over.
Robert continued charting on the US Mainstream Rock chart through 1992, but never again reached the top forty on the Hot 100. He has received ten more nominations for Grammy awards and won three of them.
His most recent studio album came out in 2020.
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