Ray Charles in City of Orlando - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 94-95:

I bought [a record player and] a lot of the 78s [in Orlando, Florida, 1940s]. Strange, but I didn't break a one, even though they were made of shellac… I also had a healthy supply of Nat Cole's hits--maybe "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?" or "I Just Can't See for Looking." I had me a Lionel Hampton side of "Flying Home." And I know at some point I owned Lester Young's "Lester Leaps In" and "DB Blues." I especially admired Lester's playing--his cool, laid-back phrasing and his salty sound. Among the vocalists of the time I continued to follow Ella Fitzgerald. For me, she's always been …   more >>
cite as

David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 94-95. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427465433697 accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: City of Orlando


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'Don't Get Around Much Anymore' and ''Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me' performed by Al Hibbler and Duke Ellington
'Flying Home' performed by Lionel Hampton
'Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?' and 'I Just Can't See for Looking' performed by Nat King Cole
'Lester Leaps in' and 'DB Blues' performed by Lester Young
Jazz singing performed by Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Cannonball Adderley

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium playback
Listening Environment indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:10:34 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:12:50 +0100