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In Memoriam of Ray Townley — 4 Comments

  1. From an old friend and former staff member of Alice’s Revisited and fellow resident of the house we all shared on Burling Street in Chicago, Good-Bye. Nancy Fox

  2. I would love to hear from you (Nancy) or others – who could tell me a little about Ray’s life. I knew him only briefly circa 1971 – Alice’s Revisited – I came from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago monthly – to hear Otis Rush perform at Alice’s – once at least Ray let me stay at his “pad”. He was very, very nice to me – in the period a year before I turned 21 and could go to Blues Bars on Chicago’s West and South Sides. Quite a few years ago I tried unsuccessfully to find out information about Ray – but I couldn’t get any further information from Downbeat Magazine – which he’d written for – a little after the early 70’s (nor could I fine any other leads to try to find him). I can be reached – at: my last name, followed by the first 3 letters of my first name at gmail. Thanks! George Marx, Chicago

  3. IAM HIS WIFE MARIA TOWNLEY. I LEFT HIM IN 2015 IN HACKENSACK N.J. DUE TO PROBLEMS. I DID NOT KNOW THAT HE HAD PASSED ON UNTIL TODAY 4.24.19 THROUGH SEARCHING FOR HIM IN THE INTERNET. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE HE IS LAID TO REST. HE WAS ALWAYS A VERY PROUD MAN AND HE NEVER WANTED ME TO KNOW ABOUT HIMSELF AFTER OUR DEPARTURE. I WAS VERY CLOSE TO HIS MOTHER ELVIRA TOWNLEY. I CALLED HIM YEARLY TO WISH HIM HAPPY HOliDAYS. I JUST THOUGHT HE WANTED TO MOVE ON AND DID NOT WANT TO KEEP CONTACT. HE NEVER WANTED TO GiVE ME A DIVORSE.HE TOLD ME MANY TIMES WHEN WE TOGETHER THAT HE HE WAS AN EDITOR IN CHICAGO FOR DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE . HE ALSO WROTE FOR CHICAGO SUN TIMES AND WAS A JAZZ CRITIC AND INTERVEIWED MANY CELEBRITIES IN THAT TIME. HE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IN MY HEART AS LONG I LIVE. maria.townley.1922 gmail.com.

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