Ray Charles in City of Tampa - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 97-99:

I started out in a flophouse and then got lodgings in Tampa, Florida, 1947]… I also found a good gig in a hurry. Cat named Charlie Brantley had a seven-piece combo and he hired me to play piano. Now when I say Charlie was into Louis Jordan, I mean with both hands and both feet. He almost became Louis. Like Jordan, he played alto, and he did all those numbers --"Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry"--like he had eaten the original recordings for breakfast. Charlie had a singer--Clarence Jolly--so I really didn't have much of a chance to get into my vocals.…   more >>
cite as

David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 97-99. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427467044131 accessed: 23 July, 2024

location of experience: City of Tampa


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens' performed by Charlie Brantley
'I'm Falling For You' performed by Clarence Jolly
'Jelly Jelly' performed by Clarence Jolly
'Saturday Night Fish Fry' performed by Charlie Brantley

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:37:24 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:14:43 +0100