Raynard Miner

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Musician, performer and songwriter Raynard Miner was a staple at the Chess studios in the 1960s with his name appearing on many songs including “Rescue Me” and “Higher and Higher”. Miner also worked with Brunswick Records, Invictus, Motown and other labels.

Raynard Miner was born on March 18, 1946 in Chicago and lost his sight at an early age. Raised by his grandparents after the death of his parents, he started playing piano in his teens. He began writing songs and became a member the vocal group The Gems. For a time he worked as a talent scout for Chess, and discovered Minnie Ripperton while she was singing in a school choir.

Many of his songs have featured in films and advertising, especially “Rescue Me”.

Chess Treasures has been unable to locate any recent information for Mr. Miner.

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