Dave Ray: 1943 to 2002
Dave “Snaker” Ray, best known for his work with the pioneering folk-blues trio Koerner, Ray & Glover, died November 28 of cancer. He was 59.
Ray, Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover attended college together at the University of Minnesota and in 1963 released their debut album, Blues, Rags And Hollers, which influenced many artists of the era’s burgeoning folk boom, including fellow Minnesota native Bob Dylan.
Ray, a master of the 12-string guitar, also released several solo albums, including three on Elektra in the mid-late ’60s; his most recent, Snake Eyes, came out on indie label Tim/Kerr in 1998. In addition, he engineered Bonnie Raitt’s 1971 self-titled debut album.