Ray Charles in Florida - mid 20th Century

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 83-4:

During my day, there were two types of sounds. Least that's how we country folk viewed it. You had race records. Those were the black-bottom goodies, the low-moaning blues which you listened to if you wanted to get all the way down. Colored artists only. And I'm talkin' 'bout Big Boy Crudup, Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Blind Boy Phillips, Washboard Sam, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, and the boogie-woogie piano players--Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, and Albert Ammons--who I loved with all my heart. On the other hand, there was music from the radio. Most of it was swing, black or …   more >>
cite as

David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 83-4. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427297305589 accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Big Band
written by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray, Tommy Dorsey
performed by Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw
Black-bottom Blues performed by Blind Boy Phillips, Tampa Red, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, Washboard Sam, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Muddy Waters
written by Chopin, Jean Sibelius, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven
boogie-woogie piano performed by Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 20th Century
Medium broadcast, playback
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:28:25 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:34:06 +0100