Ray Charles in Florida - the 1930's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 20:

Sometimes I'm asked about my biggest musical influence as a kid. I always give one name: Mr. Wylie Pitman. I called him Mr. Pit. Now you won't find Mr. Pit in any history of Jazz, and the man's not in the Down Beat Hall of Fame. But sweethearts, you can take my word for it: Mr. Pit could play some sure-enough boogie-woogie piano. And best of all, he lived down the road from us. Red Wing Cafe. I can see the big ol' red sign smack in front of me right now. That was Mr. Pit's place. It was a little general store where he and his wife, Miss Georgia, sold items... [and] rented out rooms.…   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 20. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1426855464189 accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

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Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:44:24 +0000