Ray Charles in Florida - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 49:

There were also a few cats at school who could always play for real. The best of 'em was Joe Lee Lawrence. He was one of the big boys. And I'm here to tell you that he could play the piano. Joe Lee was blind, and so was his brother Ernest, a teacher of mine and also a piano player. (Mrs. Lawrence, my music teacher, was Ernest's wife.) Course Joe Lee couldn't play exactly like Art Tatum-- who could?--but he was able to approach that amazingly fast style, and, man, I was impressed. Anyone who could sound a little like Tatum had my vote. For my generation, Art Tatum was the main cat on piano. …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 49. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427203805929 accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Blues performed by Art Tatum

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:30:06 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:43:27 +0100