Ray Charles in Los Angeles - the 1950's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 142-143:

We went back to L.A. from time to time and I had a chance to do a little more recording. This was in 1950 and 1951… [when] I started changing my [singing] style… Two days didn't go by without someone saying, "Ray, you sound exactly like Nat Cole." Or, "Ray, your voice is the spittin' image of Charles Brown." At first that delighted me. They were bad cats--those two--and I was proud to be confused with them. But after a while these comments started getting to me. I thought it'd be nice if people began to recognize me… So I started experimenting with a different voice. Strangely …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 142-143. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427575855896 accessed: 17 July, 2024

location of experience: Los Angeles


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'Kissa Me Baby' performed by Ray Charles
'The Snow is Falling' performed by Ray Charles
Big Band
written by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray, Tommy Dorsey
performed by Ray Charles, Nat King Cole
Blues performed by Ray Charles, Charles Brown

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:50:56 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:36:04 +0100