- He was born September 30, 1930 in Albany, Georgia.
- In Seattle, Washington Ray organized the Maxim Trio and happily made his first recordings with the group.
- While he was in Seattle, he made his first television show.
- At the age of twenty-four, Ray formed a wonderful new group and finally, recorded his first major hit, called, "I Got a Woman."
- Ray has a star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame for his famous life.
- In 1994, Ray won a copy of the Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award.