Ray Charles in Texas - the 1950's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 134-135:

Lowell [Fulson] had a station wagon and a Roadmaster Buick, and we drove for days and days and days on end [on tour]… In Texas, I got to play piano behind cats like T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner. Sometimes they were on the same bill with Lowell, and our band would back 'em up. I especially loved playing behind Big Joe. I had grown up with his records, and here I was on the stage with him. That man has so much weeping in his voice. If it was just you and him in a room, he could sing the blues at you till you'd break down and cry... Joe Turner reminds me of Lady Day [Billie Holiday] …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 134-135. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427573962089 accessed: 20 April, 2024

location of experience: Texas


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'Chains of Love' performed by Big Joe Turner
Gospel music performed by Archie Brownlee and the Five Blindboys of Mississippi, Ira Tucker and The Dixie Hummingbirds, Claude Jeter and the Swan Silvertones

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:19:22 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:34:43 +0100