John Alvin Ray was born in Dallas, Oregon, spending part of his
childhood on a farm, with parents Elmer and Hazel Ray and older
sister Elma Ray. He attended grade school there and eventually
moved to Portland, Oregon, where he attended high school. Ray
was extremely popular as a singer / songwriter, and pianist for
most of the 1950s.
Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads, 1952