David Ritz in City of Fort Worth

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 336-337:

[At a Ray Charles outdoor concert in Fort Worth Texas, 1959] the eight-piece band plays for an hour. They play rhythm and blues and they play what is then called hard-bop jazz… From the back door I see them leading him out… He opens his mouth and the spirits come charging out, like convicts escaping prison. He sings his new song--"Them That Got"--two times, to remind us to buy it. I witness the ritual: They call him High Priest. His singing is coarse and romantic; he phrases like the great jazz masters of old. "What I Say," the hottest song in the country, brings the crowd to the …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 336-337. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427973745360 accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: City of Fort Worth


David Ritz
Essayist, ghost writer, lyricist, music journalist […]

Listening to

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'Them That Got' performed by Ray Charles
'What I Say' performed by Ray Charles

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:22:25 +0100
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:28:01 +0100