Ray Charles in Florida - the 1930's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 19:

Oh yes, Lord, Mama believed in going to church. Ours was the Shiloh Baptist Church, and I liked it best for the singing. Church was simple: Preacher sang or recited, and the congregation sang right back at him. Hardly an accompaniment-- we didn't have a piano in church until I became much older-- and the services were basic and raw. That's how I got my first religion and my first music.
cite as

David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 19. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1426852321619 accessed: 28 May, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Baptist call and response singing

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:52:01 +0000