Ray Charles in City of Jacksonville - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 81:

Here I was in Jacksonville [Florida] trying to fit into something new: new people, new surroundings, new chances, new dangers. And I responded by seeking out any piano I could find. The first one was in the union hall, and I played it whenever I could. I went in and heard what the other cats were up to. I was specially interested in the piano players. But after a while, when those guys saw me coming, they stopped playing; they knew I'd be copying their licks and they didn't want to give 'em away. "Here comes that kid," they'd say. And I could understand how they felt. They were right.…   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 81. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427295039883 accessed: 24 May, 2024

location of experience: City of Jacksonville


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

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Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:50:40 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:57:44 +0100