1953-1965: The Early Years

Darryl McCray was born in North Philadelphia in 1953. Raised in Brewerytown, primarily by his mother and grandparents, McCray grew up during the tumultuous 1960s.

Neighborhood Favorite

Wendy Quick, a childhood friend, lived in McCray’s neighborhood. She recalls how he intrigued anyone within earshot as he spun his web of stories describing the mischief in which he got himself involved. Wendy reflected, “Darryl’s brazen behavior often led him to be on the wrong side of the law.”

Juvenile Delinquent

While growing up on the streets of North Philadelphia, McCray did whatever he pleased. A genuine attention-seeker, he had an early love for the spotlight. Consistent, problematic behavior frequently landed McCray in juvenile court and he was eventually sent to reform school.

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