Biography:A.A. Gray

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A.A. Gray

 Given name:     Ahaz
 Middle name:     Augustus
 Family name:     Gray
 Place of birth:     Carroll Co. GA
 Place of death:     Tallapoosa, Haralson Co. GA
 Year of birth:     1881
 Year of death:     1939
 Profile:     Musician
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Biographical notes

A.A. Gray was born in September, 1881, in Carroll County, Georgia, and was taught the rudiments of fiddle playing by an older brother. In a 1934 article in the Atlanta Journal's Sunday magazine, he told interviewer Willard Neal:

I guess I'm different from most of the fiddlers. Nearly all the others learned to play naturally, but I had to be taught. When I was seven years old my big brother started me off. He had to poke my fingers down on the strings and hold them there while I sawed the bow. He taught me part of a piece, and then got mad because I couldn't learn any faster, and quit, but I kept trying 'till I picked out the whole tune. And I've been playing ever since.

A.A. Gray died on 21 June 1939 having spent the last more than 30 years of his life as a Methodist minister, with a reputation as a well-respected and sober man.