Ray Charles in Florida - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 55-6:

This was a time in my life [around eleven or twelve years old] when my musical horizons were expanding. Course I already knew church music. I had been singing it all my life. On records I heard gospel singers like Wings Over Jordan and the Golden Gate Quartet. In school I sang in the choir--they even gave me a little uniform--and some of us kids put together our own informal singing group, doing the same kind of rhythmic gospel music… You also have to understand that the South was full of country-and-western sounds--hillbilly music, we called it --and I can't recall a single Saturday …   more >>
cite as

David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 55-6. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427207792613 accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Gospel music performed by Wings Over Jordan, The Golden Gate Quartet
country and western music performed by Eddie Arnold, Jimmie Rogers, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff
Big Band
written by Artie Shaw
performed by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb, Al Hibbler
Blowing the Blues Away performed by BIlly Eckstine

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:36:32 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:33:39 +0100