Johnnie Ray

The Prince of Wails
Birth Name:
John Alvin Ray
Birth Date:
January 10, 1927
Birth Place:
The Dalles, Oregon
Death Date:
February 24, 1990
Place of Death:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death:
Hepatic encephalopathy resulting from liver failure
Cemetery Name:
Hopewell Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
In the early 1950s, Johnnie Ray was arguably the biggest musical star in the world. His emotional singing and sexually suggestive performances earned him the titles "The Prince of Wails," "The Cry Guy," and "The Million Dollar Teardrop," and put him at the top of the music charts. From Sydney to Chicago to London, teenage riots erupted wherever Ray performed. Sadly his songs seemed hopelessly dated after "Rock Around The Clock" came out, let alone "Hound Dog" or "Maybelline." If that wasn't bad enough, an ear surgery in 1958 robbed him of even more of his hearing.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Hopewell Cemetery

21600 SE Church Road

Dayton, Oregon, 97114


North America

Grave Location Description

His grave is close to the center of the new section of this small, rural cemetery. His parents are buried together in the old section.

Grave Location GPS

45.103547575412996, -123.10246171253225



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