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Friday, June 08, 2018

RIP Ray Tones

Sad to learn of the death, on May 26, of another South Tyneside pianist/organist Ramon (Ray) Tones. Although better known on the CIU Club circuit than the jazz scene Ray was, nevertheless, a fine jazz pianist heavily influenced by Erroll Garner and his famed Concert by the Sea album. Resident for many years at The Shack in Boldon and later at the Alberta in Jarrow. Ray was well-respected for his all-round ability irrespective of the genre.
He was also the uncle of luthier/guitar repairer/guitarist Les Tones.
Condolences to wife Mary and family may he Rest In Peace.
Lance.
PS: The passing of Ray reminds me of the number of very fine South Tyneside based pianists that have left us over the past couple of years - Alan Bulley, Derek Hunter, George Laing and now Ray Tones.
Apologies for the quality of the photo of Ray taken over 20 years ago at the now, long demolished, Ellison Arms in Hebburn. The pub owner looks on appreciatively.

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