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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

GRAY, JERRY, 1933-
MUS 256

Thumbnail[52K] Folk group The Travellers.  From left to right, Sid Dolgay, [Simone Cook], Jerry Gray, [Ray Woodley], [1963].

Jerry Gray fonds.  - 1952-1994.  - 53 cm of textual records.  - 115 photographs.  - 2 negatives.  - 26 audio tape reels.  - 4 audio tape cassettes. 

Biographical sketch
Toronto-born Jerry Gray studied dentistry at the University of Toronto and in 1953 founded the folk group The Travellers with Sidney Dolgay, Helen Gray, Jerry Goodis and Oscar Ross.  While practising dentistry in Toronto, Gray also pursued his musical career with The Travellers, performing in many countries, including Russia in 1962.  The group enjoyed great success with students and popular music fans in the 1960s with its LP of workers' songs, Century of Songs.  Jerry Gray also performed as a solo artist, opting for a Yiddish repertoire, partially as a tribute to his mother, who was a member of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Jerry Gray and The Travellers.  It includes correspondence; financial documents; royalties; contracts; tour schedules and itineraries; press clippings; manuscript scores and song lyrics; concert programmes; posters and other promotional material; photographs of Jerry Gray and The Travellers; and recordings of The Travellers' concerts, events at the Mariposa Folk Festival and a CJRT interview with Sid Dolgay. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Jerry Gray in 1994. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected. 

Proactive Disclosure