Ray Edenton, guitarist
birth name: Ray Quarles Edenton

Ray Edenton

November 8, 1926, Mineral, VA

Ray can be heard on recordings by just about every artist who recorded in Nashville between 1953 and 1990, when he retired. ~ NAMM.org: Ray Edenton Interview ~ retrieved July 29, 2015 © NAMM.org

Edenton has long been recognized as one of Nashville’s most prolific and reliable session musicians. Though his preference is for rhythm guitar, he is also equally adaptable to lead guitar, mandolin and bass. His grandfather was a fiddler, and his two brothers were also musicians; as a result, he found himself playing his first amateur contests from the age of six. ~ Allmusic: Ray Edenton ~ retrieved July 29, 2015 © Allmusic

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November 8, 1958 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Cozy Cole, Topsy II ~ #2 (2) Conway Twitty, It's Only Make Believe ~ #1 (1) Tommy Edwards, It's All In The Game


In 1953, Chet Atkins started using Ray on demo sessions for Acuff Rose Music. Ray began playing on the Grand Ole Opry on a regular basis, yet he continued working on the road. He was a member of the original touring bands of both Webb Pierce and Marty Robbins and worked with other road bands such as: Hank Williams, Ray Price, Cowboy Copas, George Morgan, and many others. ~ Nashville Sound: Ray Edenton ~ retrieved July 29, 2015 © Nashville Sound

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