Johnnie Ray - 1952
History has not been kind to Johnnie Ray. In the early 1950s the pop singer became one of the first teen idols with huge hits like "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried" – even though he was partially deaf. Girls loved his huge displays of emotion (he often cried onstage), but he had the misfortune of breaking right before the rock & roll revolution. His songs seemed hopelessly dated after "Rock Around The Clock" came out, let alone "Hound Dog" or "Maybelline." If that wasn't bad enough, an ear surgery in 1958 robbed him of even more of his hearing. Then in 1959 he was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover male police officer. Dexys Midnight Runners definitely got it right in their 1982 classic "Come On Eileen." "Poor old Johhnie Ray sounded sad upon the radio/he moved a million hearts in mono."
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