Ray Charles in Florida - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 50:

Whenever Joe Lee--our local Art Tatum [at the Blind School] --showed up in the dorm, all the kids started yelling: "Wow! It's Joe Lee! We gonna be hearing somethin' hot!" He came through the door and right away he'd be thumping and singing like a bass fiddle--"boom boom boom boom." Sure 'nough, he'd start working out tunes and have us all jumping, dancing, and carrying on like lunatics. Not long after that I found myself doing the same thing, playing "Honky Tonk Train" or "Beat Me Daddy" while the kids got up and slid around. All this, you understand, was done after hours, on the sly,…   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 50. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427204394485 accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'Honky Tonk Train' performed by Ray Charles
Beat Me Daddy To A Boogie Beat performed by Ray Charles

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:39:54 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:11 +0100