Ray Charles in Philadelphia - 1957

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 186-187:

One night in 1957 I happened to be playing Philadelphia and, after my gig, decided to catch the Lionel Hampton band at the Uptown Theatre... Chuck Willis--the cat who did "What Am I Living For?" and "C. C. Rider"--also happened to be on the bill. He had these three girls backing him up, and right away their singing got to me. They were called the Cookies. They blended so tightly together that I couldn't help but sit up and take notice. They used just one mike, and yet I could hear every part clearly, without any one of the chicks sticking out and drowning out the others. They had their …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 186-187. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427810864141 accessed: 26 May, 2024

location of experience: Philadelphia


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Chuck Willis and the Cookies performed by Chuck Willis, Darlene MacRae, Margie Hendrix
Female vocalists
written by Ray Charles
performed by Darlene MacRae, Pat Mosley, Margie Hendrix
jazz (, performance of)
written by Miles Davis, Richard Rodgers
performed by Lionel Hampton Band with Bennie Bailey

Experience Information

Date/Time 1957
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:07:44 +0100
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:27:08 +0100