The unrated Eddie Ray continually managed to elude fame and stardom, starting from the first chord. Born in Griffin, Georgia, Ray left home during his early teens after receiving a letter from his cousin that life was good and work was plentiful in south Florida. A harsh mid-60s reality greeted him when he arrived in Miami, but he was able to find stable work in the beach clubs and hotels that dotted Florida's eastern coast. Ray began entering talent shows and eventually landed a weeknight gig at the King of Hearts club with singers Sam Moore and David Prater. Unfortunately, Ray split town before the Atlantic deal was tendered and Sam & Dave became the biggest names in R&B.