- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2005

Ray Peterson, 65, rock ‘n’ roll singer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ray Peterson, whose 1960 hit “Tell Laura I Love Her” exemplified the teen tragedy song popular in early rock ‘n’ roll, died Jan. 25 at his home in Smyrna, Tenn. He was 65.

Mr. Peterson had been suffering from cancer.

His version of “The Wonder of You” reached the top 30 in 1959, and Elvis Presley later hit the pop charts with a cover version.

But Mr. Peterson’s signature hit was “Tell Laura I Love Her,” which reached No. 7 on the Billboard chart. The recording was a best-selling example of the teen tragedy subgenre that included “Teen Angel” and “Leader of the Pack.”

“Corrina, Corrina” was his last major commercial success, but he toured for years after. He opened for the Beach Boys in several foreign countries and was a supporting act on their “Summer Safari” tour of 1964.

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