Ray Charles in Florida - the 1930's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 21-22:

Mr. Pit's place was the center of the black community in Greensville, and when you walked into the café you saw two things--right off--which shaped me for the rest of my life. Talkin' 'bout a piano and a jukebox. Oh, that piano! It was an old, beat-up upright and the most wonderful contraption I had ever laid eyes on. Boogie-woogie was hot then, and it was the first style I was exposed to. Mr. Pit played with the best of them… Well, one day when Mr. Pit started to playing, I waddled on up to the piano and just stared. It astonished and amazed me--his fingers flying, all those …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 21-22. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1426858439116 accessed: 23 July, 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, outdoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:33:59 +0000