Ray Charles in Florida - 1945

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 77:

[Following the death of his mother in May 1945, Ray Charles quit school and moved to Jacksonville, Florida to lodge with family friends. He was fifteen years old]. I was on my way to the big city--126 miles off. I was alone. I was beginning a new life. I settled back and listen to the rhythm of the wheels turning over the tracks. I liked the motion. I liked the forward thrust. I was thrilled about what was going to happen to me. Now there was movement to my life. Deep inside I was also scared out of my wits. But that was all right… Mama was dead and under the ground. I finally got…   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 77. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427294484514 accessed: 12 June, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Experience Information

Date/Time 1945
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:41:24 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:56:16 +0100