Ray Charles in Carnegie Hall

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 207-208:

Carnegie Hall in 1959 stands out in my mind as one good stop along the way. I'd heard so much about the place and had promised myself I'd play there one day. The night was especially memorable 'cause we happened to be appearing with Billie Holiday. I hadn't met Lady Day before. This was the very end of her life, and three or four months after this gig she'd be dead. Her voice was very tired. I could hear how it had deteriorated. But she was a veteran, one of the best singers ever, and she could still whip your ass just from her experience. Yeah, old pros have their long lives to rely on,…   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 207-208. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427960491640 accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: Carnegie Hall


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Female singer performed by Billie Holiday

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:41:32 +0100
Approved on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:18:30 +0100