Ray Benson

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Ray Benson
Ray Benson
Ray Benson
Background information
Born (1951-03-16) 16 March 1951 (age 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
OriginGalveston, Texas, United States
Genrescountry music, Western swing
Occupation(s)singer, guitarist
Years active1967-present

Ray Benson (born March 16, 1951[1] ) is an American country singer. He has been the singer and leader of the band Asleep at the Wheel since it was founded in 1969. With the band, Benson has released 20 albums and won 9 Grammy Awards. In 2003, he released his first solo album. Benson is also a producer. He has worked on albums and singles for Dale Watson, Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Watson, Carolyn Wonderland, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Brad Paisley, Pam Tillis, Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard, and Vince Gill.

Personal life and early career[change | change source]

Ray Benson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1] to Jewish family. He started his band, Asleep at the Wheel, in 1969.

In March 2020, Benson was diagnosed with COVID-19.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ray Benson - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. "Country music icon Ray Benson says he's been diagnosed with coronavirus". KXAN. March 31, 2020.