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Kenny Cordray

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Birth name  Kenneth Cordray
Years active  1957–present

Name  Kenny Cordray
Kenny Cordray
Born  July 21, 1954 (age 61) (1954-07-21)
Genres  Rock, hard rock, instrumental rock,
Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter, producer, guitar instructor
Instruments  Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Role  Musical Artist ·

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Kenneth Cordray (July 21, 1954 – May 21, 2017) was an American instrumental guitarist and songwriter, who shared the stage with notable musicians and performers such as John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Cordray became the lead guitarist for THE CHILDREN under the ATCO label and later on ODE records produced by Lou Adler. He co-wrote the song "Francine", which peaked at 69 on the Billboard Hot 100, with Steve Perron for ZZ Top's album Rio Grande Mud.


Cordray performed and wrote music with Jaco Pastorious, and played in Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Rider band at Pastorious' request. While playing with the C.C. Riders, Cordray backed up Jerry Lee Lewis on an episode of the Midnight Special and in Concert.

He moved to New Orleans to play with former C.C. Riders and Edgar Winter's White Trash band members before forming his own self-titled group, Cordray. Members included Clay Hemphill, David Lee Watson, Allyn Robinson, and Mark Campbell. Cordray's first national break came on January 6, 1986 in USA Today.

In 1991, Cordray formed The Civilians and recorded a CD entitled "Miracles". In late 1992, Cordray, Dave Foster, and Todd Harrison formed a "Texas rockin' blues psychedelic power trio", calling themselves KENNY CORDRAY AND BLUE SCIENCE.

In March 2012, he released his final work, "It Takes Everything". The core rhythm section for "It Takes Everything" consists of Mark Andes on bass, Tyson Sheth on drums, Paul English on keyboards, and Kenny Cordray on guitars. When the album was released, the Houston Chronicle called Cordray "one of Houston’s greatest guitarists".

Cordray taught guitar lessons to children and adults for many years. He also ran Rock Camp Live, a summer music camp for aspiring 10-18 year-old musicians in the Houston/Galveston Bay Area.


Cordray was killed by his son on May 21, 2017, in an apparent murder/suicide.

He is featured in the book, Boys From Houston: The spirit and image of our music.


Kenny Cordray Wikipedia