Posted by: coomercove | July 21, 2011

Former Statesmen Ray Burdette Passes Away

My condolences to the family of Ray Burdette, the Statesmen Quartet’s bass singer following Big Chief.  Ray passed away Wednesday morning due to cancer.  Ray also spent time singing with Willie Wynn & the Tennesseans, several country acts, and on the Hee Haw television program.

Over the last few of months, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to recordings by the 70s era Statesmen (and the Tennesseans).  Ray had big shoes to step into, but did an admirable job as the Statesmen went through a time of change, both in personnel and musically, during his time with the group.

Please keep the family in your prayers.

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