Ray Charles - late 20th Century

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story:

I've been traveling extensively outside the United States since the early sixties… I've gone all over the world to play my music… [W]hen a friend of mine in Paris played Edith Piaf's music for me, I loved her. She struck me as a French Billie Holiday. Not her music, but her way of living, the way she hurt, the way she reached people. She didn't hold back... In the seventies I was also in France when I heard this guy playing a haunting Charles Aznavour song called "For Mama." I couldn't help but make a record of it myself. I dig Latin-American music. When those Spanish singers …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003). https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427971185170 accessed: 21 May, 2024


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'For Mama'
written by Charles Aznavour
Female Cabaret Singing performed by Édith Piaf
Latin American singing performed by Mexican three-part male harmony groups, Spanish singers

Experience Information

Date/Time late 20th Century

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:39:45 +0100
Approved on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:27:29 +0100