Ray Charles - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 129-130:

[O]ne evening in a Los Angeles nightclub… I found myself face to face with Art Tatum. I was dazed, like I had been hit by thunder. This was my god before me. And I couldn't utter a word. Couldn't tell him how much I loved him, couldn't let him know that I had listened to all his records. I just stood there with my mouth open like an idiot… When I was twenty, he was still an example of what I might have accomplished if I had studied only the piano. He showed me what could really be done with eighty-eight keys, the way Charlie Parker showed saxophonists the way to play their horns.…   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 129-130. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427570909347 accessed: 20 May, 2024


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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jazz piano music performed by Art Tatum

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:28:29 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:25:16 +0100