Ray Charles in Apollo Theater - the 1950's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 135-136:

Music was all over the place [in the 1950s]. When we [the Lowell Fulson Blues Band] got to New York, we hit the Apollo. And there were as many people hanging out backstage, listening to us rehearse and mess around, as out front. Must have been at the Apollo that I played behind Jackie Moms Mabley. She was doing her bit--acting like an old lady who wants to be loved by a young man--and she cracked me up. I played piano behind her when she sang her songs. Things like "My Man”. I also met the other great comics playing the black theaters back then--fabulous cats like Pigmeat Markham, Redd…   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 135-136. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427575071318 accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Apollo Theater


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'My Man' performed by Moms Mabley

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:37:51 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:35:27 +0100