Ray Charles in City of Tampa - 1948

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 100-101:

Strangest job I had in Florida--and one of the nicest --was with an all-white country-and-western band. All-white, that is, except me. They called themselves the Florida Playboys. Can you feature that? The Deep South, 1948, a black dude playing piano in a hillbilly band? Well, it happened. And I'm glad to say that it happened to me. I met this guy at the Arthur Smith Music Store in Tampa. That's a place where I hung out and fooled around with the instruments. I can't remember the cat's name, but he was one of the Playboys… He knew I could play piano, and… his band needed a piano …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 100-101. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427469171078 accessed: 3 December, 2022

location of experience: City of Tampa

Listeners

Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer
1930-2004

Listening to

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'Anytime' performed by The Playboys
'Kentucky Waltz' performed by The Playboys
'Waiting All For You' performed by The Playboys

Experience Information

Date/Time 1948
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:12:51 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:16:38 +0100