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    Individuals & Bands Inducted in 2007

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    Mitchell Torok

    Mitchell Torok

    Born: October 28, 1929 in Houston, TX.
    Biggest Hit(s): "Caribbean" recorded in 1950. During the 50's Mitchell was a regular on the "Louisiana Hayride ".
    Current Status: Mitchell is retired and lives in Antioch, TN.
    Inducted: September 11, 2007 at the First Annual Inductions Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma, City, OK.

    Vernon Wray

    Vernon Wray

    Born: June 12 1933 Dunn, North Carolina and brother of Link Wray.
    Biography:: Vernon (stage name Ray Vernon) Wray's biggest hit was "Evil Angel" on Cameo in 1958. He was manager of Link Wray and The Wraymen. Produced most of the records of Link Wray. Vernon was an engineer and owned his own recording studio in Washington, DC. He had a beautiful voice and might have gone on to a successful recording career had he not chosen to manage and operate his own record company.
    Current Status: Passed on.
    Inducted: September 11, 07 at the First Annual Inductions Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma, City, OK. Beth Wray Webb received the induction for her late uncle Ray Vernon.

    Doug Wray

    Doug Wray

    Born: January 22, 1935 in Dunn, North Carolina
    Biography:: "Goosebumps" on "Scotty " records in 1961. Drummer for Link Wray and part of the Wraymen band for over 25 years. He played drums on all Link Wray's hits including "Rumble", "Rawhide", and "Jack The Ripper". Doug Wray was one of the best drummers of rock 'n' roll in the 50's and 60's. Played on over 1500 recordings from 1951 until his passing in 1981.
    Current Status: Passed on in 1981.
    Inducted: September 11, 2007 at the First Annual Inductions Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma, City, OK. Beth Wray Webb received the induction for her uncle Doug Wray.

    James Kirkland

    James Kirkland

    Born: May 15 1934 in Linden, TX.
    Biography: Considered the best stand up Bass player in rock 'n' roll in the 50's. Began his career in 1954 as a bass player on the Louisiana Hayride. Was an original member of Bob Luman's band "The Shadows," which included James Burton and Butch White. They played on Bob Luman's Imperial recording of " Red Cadillac and Black Mustache " which is considered one the purest rock 'n' roll records ever recorded. James left Bob Luman and went to Hollywood to become a member of Rick Nelson's band which recorded some of the best rock 'n' roll records of the 50's.

    James played stand up bass on Rick Nelson's " Believe What You Say " which is considered the best Rock n Roll record of the 50's if not in fact the best Rock n Roll recording ever. James had a four slap beat on the stand up bass that could only be played correctly by him. Many tried to copy his style.

    James played on The ABC-Paramount recording by Bobby Lee Trammell " Shirley Lee " one of the most sought after recording of the 50's and considered to be the purest Rock n Roll recording ever recorded.

    James went on to work with Dale Hawkins, David Houston, Jim Reeves, and Tony Douglas before he retired from the music business in 1963
    Current Status: Today James is retired. He was an excellent welder by trade and retired from that line of work at his shop in Atherns, TX in 1991.
    Inducted: September 11, 2007 at the First Annual Inductions Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma, City, OK.