Instruments: Vocals
Date of Birth: April 10, 1930
Place of Birth: Dixons Mills, Alabama
Date of Death: 1990

A West Coast rhythm & blues singer whose smooth and relaxed vocal style was not unlike Charles Browns', Ray Agee made a number of mostly overlooked records in the 1950s and 1960s. Agee suffered from polio as a child and was left permanently disabled by the disease. After moving with his family from Alabama to Los Angeles in the 1930s, Agee and his brothers formed a gospel group called the Agee Brothers. The group often performed in local churches.

Despite his gospel roots, Agee eventually turned toward blues and rhythm & blues and began recording in 1952. Throughout his career Agee recorded prolifically, though much of his recording catalogue, with the exception of his work with the Modern and Aladdin labels, is found on little-known labels such as Mar-Jan, Check, Solid Soul, and Krafton. Some of Agee's later records include guitar work by Bay Area artist Johnny Heartsman.

By the mid-'70s Agee had disappeared from the rhythm & blues scene. He supposedly died sometime around 1990.

Source:
The Big Book of Blues: A Biographical Encyclopedia
by Robert Santelli

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