Updated: Oct 7, 2018
Killeen, Texas USA



Me with beard, December, 2017


logo for movie presentation of MLK They Slew the Dreamer motion picture 
development project
Movie Update
MLK, the screenplay by William Sachs based on the story of my investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Logline: Watching the destruction of his dreams became a living nightmare for Gary Revel. Still he survived and this is his story.

Marketing Note: This movie relates to the hopes, dreams and challenges of all people here in this country and around the world.

History - Revel de Tetenia, in the Danelaw Documents of London in the year 1154. Sir Richard Revell or Rivell died in 1222, and was the sheriff of Devonshire and Cornwall during the reign of King Richard (the Lionheart) 1st, 1189-1199. Also Revels, Revil, Reavell, etc. Many in Yorkshire from the late 14th century with one example on July 12th 1590, Margaret Revill who married Robert Cawthorne at Rotherham. The coat of arms has the blazon of an ermine shield, charged with a red chevron between three golden mullets, and a border engrailed, sable. The first recorded spelling of Revel is Robert Revel in 1177, in the Pipe Rolls of Essex, during the reign of King Henry IInd, 1154-1189.



(This is the ancestry - Revell line from which Gary Neal Revel came.
John Joseph Revell Irish-Scotch or Scotch- Irish, English and Dutch.
If anyone has any other information or corrections please
email Gary at gary@garyrevel.com with your take on it all.)

John Joseph Revell Line
John Joseph Revell was born abt. 1675. He owned land at Leecock Swamp, Isle of Wight Co in VA.
He married Anne UNKNOWN
Born: 1670
Died: 1720
Wife-Ann

Son: Randal Revell
Born: 1698
Somerset, Maryland, USA
Died: 23 July 1739
Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA

Wife - Katharine Holladay
Born: 1695
Died: 23 July 1739
Virginia, USA

Son: John Joseph Revell
Born: 1722
Isle of Wight, Virginia, USA
Died: 1 Apr 1789
Wayne Co, North Carolina, USA

Wife - Elizabeth Ham
Born: 1725
Wayne Co, , North Carolina, USA
Died: 1784
Dobbs, , North Carolina, USA

Son: Matthew Revel - 1747-1803
Wife/Anna Gatling - 1780-?

Son: John Marion Revel - 1770- 1827
Wife/Mary Harris - 1770-1835

Son: Benjamin Revell - 1807-1884
Wife/Martha A. Revell - 1822-1900

Son: Stephen Beauregard Revel - 1862-1934
Wife/Donia Sussanna Moore - 1878 - 1951


Donia Sussanna Moore - Andrew Line

Donia's dad: Samuel W Moore
1836 - 1917
Donie's mom: Mary J Andrew
1844 - 1933

Mary's dad: Henry T Andrew
1818 - 1856
Mary's mom: Sarah Ditto
1825 - 1906

Henry's dad: Richard Andrew
1789 - 1840
Henry's mom: Sarah Ann Turner
1793 - 1852

Richard's dad: James Andrew
1754 - 1819
Richard's mom: Mary Polly Bell
1775 - 1830

James' dad: Richard Andrew
1722 - 1815
James' mom: Sarah
1722 - 1792

Richard's dad: Richard Andrew
1700 - 1776
Richard's mom: Mary Bromwell
1700 - 1744

Richard's dad: John Andrew
1660 - 1695
Richard's mom; Mary Peck
1662


From left, my mother, Martha Marie Mitchell,
her sister, Gussie Mitchell
and her mother, Tamara Bulah Laney Caraway-Mitchell.
the child below is Doris, Gussie's daughter.
Tama married Carey Cornelius Mitchell (called CC by many) and settled in Alabama.
If anyone knows more I'm anxious to hear from you. Email be gary@garyrevel.com


Now - My Life

June 29, 1949

Born to Martha Marie Mitchell (Daughter of Father, Carey Conrnelius Mitchell aka 'CC' and Mother, Tama Bulah Laney Caraway and Leamon Curtis Revel (Son of Stephen Beaugard Revel and Donia S. (Moore) Revel) in Florala, Alabama, United States of America. On this date Gary had a sister, Vivian Laney Revel and 2 brothers, Benny Curtis Revels, Kenneth Leamon Revel. Later Cecil Ray Fillingame Jr. would become his younger brother from the marriage of his mother with Cecil Ray Fillingame. (Note: February 24th, 2019, I am reading a letter my mother wrote and sent to me years ago. She writes, "Dearest son, Gary. Here is the information you asked me for. My daddy's daddy's name was Alfred Monroe Mitchell, daddy's mother was Suzanne. I don't remember her maiden name. His brothers were, George Washington Mitchell, his children were James, Oscar, Fred, Pearl, Wilson, Louise, and Ethalene. Jim was the brother of George Washington Mitchell. I don't know if his real name was James and he was called Jim. I only remember Jim. Jim had a son named Bernice, last I heard he lived in Texas. A sister to my Grandfather Alfred or his sons, George or Jim was Laura Calaway and she married a George as well and they had a daughter, Lola who married Walter Howell's son Herbert. My mother's daddy, my granddaddy, was William Henry Caraway and her mother, my grandmother, was Harriet Caraway, maiden name Mitchell. My mother's name was Tamra or Tamara, Bulah Laney Caraway then became Mitchell of course. Her sisters, my aunts, were, Sarah and Suzanne, (Note from me as I read the letter. it looks like one of these was married to Ira McCloud). Her brother, my uncle, was Will Caraway whose wife was Rosie Bell. They had a son and a daughter, Wilson was the son and the daughter was also named Rosie. My sister's names are, Gussie Lee Lizzie Luanna Mitchell-Pridgen; her husband was Morris McLaney Pridgen (their children were Maxwell Samuel Pridgen and Martha Doris Pridgen-Maurine. Doris was born December 24, 1934 and died April 19, 1994), Minnie Melissa Mitchell-Simmons; her husband was Warsaw Simmons (their children were: daughters, Bulah Vancil and Laney Faye; sons, Carvin and Franklyn Rayvon), Lillie Viola Mitchell-Pridgen (she and Gussie married relatives, possibly brothers), and Myrtie Mildred Mitchell-Hadon. Mildred was my nest to older sister and I was the youngest of all my siblings. My brother's names were, Nathan, David, Carey, and Arthur Franklin. All Mitchells of course." Okay, that's all the new information I got for now. This may change some of the ancestry information I have here. I will go through it later and see how it all fits together. If you know of anything that could put more of this puzzle together please let me know ... gary@garyrevel.com.)

1959

Recieved Jesus Christ as his Personal Savior and Lord in a small Assembly Of God church in Safety Harbor, Florida, USA.

1965

Formed Rock & Roll band, The Shades, with Sandy Courtney, Niel Steverson and Paul Wilcox in Bonifay, Florida. I am the one on the left in the silver sport coat. Wearing that in the Conservative South back then was either courageous or stupid, not sure which.


1967

Graduated Holmes County High School, Bonifay, Florida, USA and joined the United States Navy

1967-1969



Served in U.S. Navy, Primary duty station/Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare School and Command Training Pacific Fleet Headquarters. Training included Sonar, Electronics, Naval Intelligence and other specialized fields. Investigated and helped bring to justice Some who dealt in illegal drugs and espionage while participating in U.S involvement in the Vietnam War.

September, 1969

Honorably Discharged from United States Navy, moved from San Diego, California to Hollywood, California, USA. Found himself thriving in the Hippy Scene on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. He soon met people in the Entertainment Business, including David Cavanaugh, an executive at Capitol Records. His first recording session was scheduled within weeks. It was at Capitol Records, near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Gary was writing and recording different styles of music from country to rock. He then began working with Jud Phillips (Son of Jud Phillips and Nephew of Sam Phillips. The brothers had launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others and founded Sun Records). Jud served as his producer and manager for several years working together in Hollywood and Memphis, Tennessee.

1970

Helped develop a production and distribution deal for the Titus Moody's film, THE LAST OF THE AMERICAN HOBOS/THE LAST OF THE AMERICAN HOBOES aka HOBO. This included the production of the sound-track album. Gary worked with Byron Spears, Jud Phillips (Nephew to Sam Phillips - the father of Rock and Roll - owner of Sun Records; first record label for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.), Judy Russell and others to eventually see the film finished and shown in theaters across the country. Note: To read the New York Times Review-CLICK HERE. During this time the single record, Richie Alan (written by Gary and Rick Strausser) and B side-What More Do They Want (written by Gary and Jud Phillips) were released by BJB Records, another label Gary was on, around this time. He Co-wrote songs with Alan Stoddard and others as well.

1971-72

More of Hollywood and Los Angeles, then New York City. I lived for a while in Jimmy Durante's house on Long Island and would make nightly visits into New York City. Once in a night club in Harlem I called a girl friend in Hollywood who had grown up in NYC. I told her I was in New York, she asked where and when I said Harlem she said, "You better get out of there, you have no idea how dangerous that place can be." Of course she didn't know a lot about my life experiences and military work so had no idea. I just agreed with her and told her I would get back down to Manhattan. Then one night Jud Phillis called and invited me to come live with him and his girl friend, Robin, in Memphis. I took him up on that and spent several months in Memphis before going back to Florida.
During this time I performed in some bars and lounges for awhile as I continued writing as well as taking some courses in computer programming. I recorded the songs Deep Mountain Lake, Just as Long as We're Together and Boogie Woogie in Fort Lauderdale Florida and they were published by Acuff-Rose music. I also co-wrote the song, Mother Nature (an environmental issue song), with my brother Ray Fillingame that is also published by Acuff-Rose-Milene (Now Sony/ATV Milene) and released it as a single record later.

January 23, 1973

Married Linda Marie Willis


Gary and Linda have six children:
Gary Neal Revel Jr.; Born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1973.
Curtise Leamon Revel II; Born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1974.
Curtise has a daughter, 'Cathrynn' and a son, 'Sonny'.
Mary Noel Revel; Born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1976.
Mary Revel is married to Michael Lezynski
They have three daughters, Kaila, Elisabeth and Hannah
Rebecca Ann Revel; Born in Hollywood, California, 1980.
She is married to William Buglehall and they have 2 sons and a daughter, Jacob, Nathan and Olivia.
Elisabeth Marie Revel; Born in Los Angeles, California, 1982. Elisabeth has a daughter, Ariel Marie Revel-Marella and a son, Jayden.
Sonny Americas Revel; Born in Los Angeles, California, 1985.

1973

Shortly after Gary and Linda were married they moved to Elba Alabama where Gary worked as a Farmers Buyer Representative, a Bartender at the Heart of Dothan Motel's lounge and then a Clothing Manufacturer's Representative for Casey's Jeans.


I was a Fashion Jeans Representative once upon a time when I was in the early 20s. I helped women get the right look in their jeans. This is a good look but wouldn't work for every woman. Whether married or single this look is probably better for one who is not judgemental and is attracted to open and honest relationships. There isn't much you can hide dressed like this.



1974

They then moved to Nashville Tennessee where Gary Jr. was born and then moved back to Florida where Gary became an insurance agent. Several months later Gary, Linda and Gary Jr. moved back to Nashville where Gary signed a publishing agreement with Acuff-Rose Music Company. Gary began writing and recording music for Acuff-Rose and some independent producers and labels. At the time Acuff-Rose was the number one Country Music publisher in the world. Curtise Leamon Revel II was born. Gary became a business associate of Attorney Jack Kershaw. The developed some business enterprises together and Gary would occasionally do investigative work for Jack.

1975

Wrote LITTLE DID WE KNOW (Ballad of Stringbean- David Akeman- and his wife Estelle) with Mary Noel-Kershaw, wife of Sculptor-Artist-Attorney Jack Kershaw. Helped Jack Kershaw publish the book, The Stringbean Murders on his Rebel book publishing imprint, about the murder of Stringbean (David Akeman) and his wife Estelle. Released a single record of LITTLE DID WE KNOW and PEANUT MAN (Written by Gary and his wife Linda) on the Rebel Records label. The songs were published by Acuff-Rose ASCAP arm Milene and co-produced by John Erdelyan and Wesley Rose. John/Johnny Erdelyan also produced Mickey Newbury (writer of 'Just Dropped in to see what Condition my Condition was In' and other great songs), and many other artist in Nashville. Johnny's creative skills also led him to pick some of the greatest match ups between songs and artists that includes the Ray Charles recording of the song, 'I Can't Stop Loving You'. Out of hundreds of songs I wrote during the 1970s all those I recorded in Nashville were chosen by Johnny Erdelyan. He was a great friend and had an exceptional ear for music. Gary worked with Jack Kershaw and they published the book, The Stringbean Murders. The book told the story of how Stringbean, (David Akeman) and his wife Estelle were brutally murdered.

1975-76

Worked closely with Jack Kershaw and Mary Noel-Kershaw in various business development projects. Helped launch the first video game, (also known as PONG), in association with the company, Video Design. Gary began to delve into investigative work for Jack that would, in a few years, be the catalyst that helped him make a decision that would redirect his entire life. Wrote and produced AN OLD FRAME HOUSE. Members of the George Jones backup band played on the session.

1977

Worked with Jack Kershaw, attorney for James Earl Ray and and associated with Mark Lane who would also become one of James Earl Ray's attorneys on the investigation of the assassination of the (Nobel Peace Prize Winner) Reverend and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mark Lane co-authored with Dick Gregory the book, Code Name Zorro, that would later become a motion picture project for Wesley Snipes. During my investigation of Dr. King's murder I wrote and Recorded the song THEY SLEW THE DREAMER . It was published by (Now SONY/ATV MUSIC) the Acuff-Rose Music Publishing Company, Milene Music Inc. ASCAP Gary met Roy Acuff this year who was helpful to him during this difficult year. Mary Noel-Kershaw was the co- writer on the song. Acuff-Rose was the Oldest and most Renowned Country Music Company in the world during the time Gary spent working with them. THEY SLEW THE DREAMER was released as a single record on Rebel Records of Nashville and immediately came under attack by the press. The recording would eventuall be released on the Jongleur Music label. Wesley Rose and Johnny Erdelyan had coproduced the original recordings Peanut Man, Land of Make Believe, In My Dreams, My Baby's Gonna Leave, which were reproduced this year by adding the orchestrations and arrangements by Alan Moore and the remix by Elvis Presley engineers/mixers Tom Pick and Roy Shockley. These new remastered tracks were scheduled for release on a new label Gary was forming, Star City Records Inc. but the release was delayed until 1979.

1979

Gary also released the single record AN OLD FRAME HOUSE on Frame House Records and other singles that eventually would be on his album, Revel, released by Star City Records Inc. Gary's memoir, To Live or Maybe Not, and a screenplay by William Sachs, MLK, provide some of the details of this year.

February 7, 1980

Gary moved himself, his wife and three children; Gary Jr, Curtise, and Mary Revel to Hollywood, California where he reaquaints himself with some of his old friends.
Rebecca Ann Revel was born this year.

1981

Released the single record BOUND TO LOSE on Plain Wrap Records. This was a song Gary had written and produced in Hollywood in 1970 or 1971.

1982

Earned Diploma in Advanced Theology from American Bible College, Pineland, Florida, USA. Elisabeth Marie Revel was born. Wrote PAC-MAN ON HER MIND with Joe Yore and released it on his newly formed record label Top's Records. Gary produced this record with Irfan Mirza and some of the Mac Davis backup band were the session musicians.

1983-84

Wrote UMBRELLA GIRL with Lockie Head. Produced the single record UMBRELLA GIRL with B Side, RIVER BOTTOM ROAD and released it on his Top's Records label. Gary also founded a Christian Counseling ministry, Friends Indeed. He often worked the streets of Hollywood ministering to those who were on the brink of destruction. His ministry included answering calls of those who were desperate and sometimes going to their homes to pray for them and offer encouragement and help. Gary led many to the saving and healing touch of our Savior Jesus Christ.

1985

For his next music project Gary took the name of 'Czar Tuck' then recorded and released the song TREAT AMERICA LIKE A LADY on his label, Top's Records. Lead Guitar/Ronald Hershewe.

The song was dedicated to First Lady Nancy Reagan at a ceremony in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

The song was then recorded by Actor: Hal Jon Norman in a dramatic vocal performance and released on Top's Records.

1986

Worked with Robert McDaris, Rex Faulkner, Magical Bessemer and others while recording Hollywood Star and some other songs in the famous Capitol Records studios on Hollywood and vine.

1987

Gary spent most of this year helping his son, Gary Revel Jr. get established in the entertainment business. Later this would prove to have been an important time in his son's life as Gary Jr. would go on to be an international singing star.

1988

Began working with Dale Tuttle on getting his music released. Moved from Hollywood to Canoga Park, California.

1988-90

Wrote "I KNOW (We're Gonna Make It Love)". Produced the single record with Dale Tuttle being the recording artist and another song, Maria, on the B side. Released it on my labelTop's Records and it hit the Cashbox indie charts. Alan Young worked on promotion.

1991- 96

Six children in school, sometimes 4 different schools at the same time. Gary was very involved with their education. He and his wife Linda, often served in the PTA becoming Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and then Co-Presidents at the Nevada Elementary in Canoga Park, California. Worked with Lydia Black on some songs and music procutions.

1997

I negotiated and executed an agreement with filmmaker William Sachs to bring the story of my investigation of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination to film.

1998

I consulted with Producer -Director-Writer William Sachs on the screenplay for the movie tentively titled MLK about my investigation of the King Assassination. It is optioned by Braun Entertainment Group Inc. (Zev Braun and Philip Krupp) of Beverly Hills, California in association with Ted Turner's TBS. Working with Tom Krumell on songs and music production.

1999

I release some of my music including They Slew The Dreamer on the internet.

A jury in Memphis, Tennessee finds Lloyd Jowers guilty of being one of many conspirators in the assassination of Martin Luther King jr. This finding validates Gary's stand on the evidence since his investigation in 1977. No longer can any credibility be given to the false assertion that James Earl Ray killed Martin Luther King Jr.

2000

I enter the fulltime ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Held my first evanglistic crusade on April 28, 2000 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, California. He debuted THEY SLEW THE DREAMER at one of his Christian Concerts on August 27, at Chatsworth Foursquare Church.

Co-wrote and recorded the song, MEET THE LORD IN THE SKY (Gary Revel and David Garcia) with Joe Rubino coproducing, doing background vocals and playing lead guitar. Part of his ministry included his testimony of how God protected him in the midst of his investigation of MLK's assassination. Martin Luther King Jr's murder was planned and executed by organized crime and government insiders and was brought about partly by King's stand against the Vietnam War.

2001

I release some of my songs on mp3.com and HOLLYWOOD STAR" HIT THE TOP 10, AS DID "HOW MUCH MORE" also "MY BABY'S GONNA LEAVE" HIT THE TOP 100 OF THE NEW COUNTRY CHART.
On August 17, 2001 Gary Revel wrote a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft dealing the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr, President John F Kennedy and Presidential Candidate Robert F Kennedy. The letter delved into conspiracy and how various groups work together for evil purposes. Within a month of his letter the United States suffered the worst terrorist attack ever. If the Attorney General had read this letter and acted on the information contained within America might not have suffered the attacks on 9/11/2001.

Gary Revel Jr. wins Finnish Star contest in Finland.

2002

Gary's new song "MEET THE LORD IN THE SKY" is a hit as of January 5, 2002 and his other hit songs HOLLYWOOD STAR, AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER hit the top 40 of mp3.com's music charts September 29 of 2001 in their respective categories of Rock-Americana and Country-General.

Had a head-on collision early in 2002 and reports of my death from the collision are greatly exagerated. Was spending most of his time recovering from the accident and writing. Finished an autobiographical work "To Live Or Maybe Not" . Gary Revel Jr. wins the Finnish Star in Finland.

2003

Still recovering, and writing. Some time around this time Sony/ATV Music buys Acuff-Rose which includes Milene Music Inc. and the copyright to 'They Slew The Dreamer' as well as other songs by Gary. Gary calls Sony/ATV Music Nashville and learns that at least several of his demonstration recordings of his songs have been lost.

2004

Published first autobiographical literary work, TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT.

He also publishes 4 books of poetry, The Poets Fare, Eternal Pursuit, Nobody and A Frost Thought, as well as the House Select Committee on Assassinations Interviews with James Earl Ray he recorded at Brushy Mountain Prison in 1977.

2005

I publish my new book of poetry, 'Milestones' at lulu.com. The book is a compilation of his 4 chapbooks of poetry and new poems, some from his picture-poetry.

Official Web Site for Gary Revel and Jongleur Music Web Site launched.

A link to a free e-book of over 50 poems by Gary is on the site as well as links to more of his poetry and art.

Gary releases a new CD "Deep Mountain Lake" on his Jongleur Music label. The CD includes 11 songs published by Sony/ATV that he wrote or co-wrote over a period of time that spans about 20 years. It is a semi-compilation CD in that ten of the songs are performed by Gary as the recording artist and one of the songs, I KNOW, is by the recording artist Dale Tuttle.

Gary releases a new Christian-Pop CD "I Give You Praise" on his Jongleur Music label. The song is published by his Jongleur Music publishing company.

Both these and An Old Frame House CD Single also the Christian CD Minstrel Sirvente are now available as well.

AN OLD FRAME HOUSE starts getting played on several Internet radio stations. Gary releases I KNOW, Artist: Dale Tuttle on the internet and it is immediately picked up and added to the Radio Louisiana playlist.

2006


June 1st the CD-Album DEEP MOUNTAIN LAKE reached #23 on the Americana/Country Chart of the Roots Music Report. Gary releases the CD Album IN MY DREAMS on the Jongleur Music label. Gary hits the UBL Top 100 and Pop Charts.

Daughter, Elisabeth Revel gave birth to a newborn baby girl on November 11, 2006. Her name is Ariel Marie Revel-Marella.