Was the bridge between Pop & R&B,
first white artist to ever be on R&B charts. Had four #1's at the same time on both R&B and pop charts. Was the fore-runner to Elvis as Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley, was looking for another Johnnie Ray, a white singer who could sing like a black, which led him to
Elvis...who merged c/w. r&b & pop.
Johnnie Ray is to pop music as Beethoven was to classical, a bridge to all that came after.
The iorny is they both had problems with hearing.