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Born in London, Ray started playing guitar in his early teens - inspired and influenced by the music of Buddy Holly.


After writing a couple of songs with Paul Nicholas and playing in various bands Ray eventually joined “The Tornados” as bass guitarist from 1963-66, backing such prestigious artists as  Billy Fury.


He continued his career until 1972 when he retired from the music business but in 1996 he wrote and recorded Ray Randall’s Tornados Limited Edition CD - a tribute to the late Joe Meek, 30 years after Joe’s death. (Joe was “The Tornados” manager).


During 1997 Ray completed writing and recording his

album “Polly Swallow” - a very different style of music for him.

Polly Swallow was a subject of the Victorian

photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and many of the songs are about Polly Swallow and Whitby.

This album was recorded in Whitby, where Ray now lives, featuring well-known artists Charles O’Connor, Chris Parkinson and Paul Whittaker.


Currently appearing at various venues around the North East, Ray plays songs from his CD and a selection of popular 50’s & 60’s music.





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