Ray Charles

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 168:

This was the happiest period of my life so far [on tour in the 1950’s]… [I] secretly held the hope that I'd [someday] get to sing with violins and cellos ever since I'd heard Frank Sinatra do "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)." I was crazy about the song; the strings sounded so lush and beautiful. And I knew it'd be a thrill to hear all those romantic instruments behind me. There weren't that many black singers back then who recorded with strings. I remember Nat Cole doing "Nature Boy," but us rhythm-and-blues musicians had had a label slapped on us--strings were out.
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 168. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427806819826 accessed: 20 May, 2024

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

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'Nancy with the Laughing Face' performed by Frank Sinatra
'Nature Boy' performed by Nat King Cole

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Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:20 +0100
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:41:47 +0100