Ray Charles in Florida - the 1930's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 39-40:

When I stepped off the train in Greensville it wasn't long 'fore I was wrapped up in Mama's arms. It felt good all over. I didn't realize how homesick I had been [at the Blind School] till I actually set foot back in my own stomping grounds… Naturally I went to the Red Wing Café whenever I pleased. That was my hot spot in town. I was always asking Mr. Pit to show me something new on his piano, and he never refused. Sometimes I heard a piano being played in someone's house. But I'd never ask if I could play. I was raised to wait until someone asked me to play. And even then, I'd have to …   more >>
cite as

David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 39-40. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427124119304 accessed: 13 June, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:21:59 +0000
Approved on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:52:21 +0100