Kenny Cordray, American guitarist and songwriter, Died at 62


Kenneth Cordray was born on July 21, 1954, and died on May 21, 2017.

He was an American instrumental guitarist and songwriter.

Cordray shared the stage with notable musicians and performers such as John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

He became the lead guitarist for THE CHILDREN under the ATCO label and later on ODE records produced by Lou Adler.

Cordray 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.”

He performed and wrote music with Jaco Pastorious, and played in Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Rider band at Pastorious’ request.

As a playing with the C.C. Riders, Cordray backed up Jerry Lee Lewis on an episode of the Midnight Special and in Concert.

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

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

Kenny Cordray passed away at 62 years old.