David Ritz et al. - late 20th Century

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 339-340:

"I like it myself," [Ray Charles] says when he's pleased with his own singing. He smiles and nods and does his dance as he listens to how he has fouled up--in his own sweet way --Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going On?" His vocal belches and farts break him up. After hearing a particularly nasty lick, he will say, "That's me" or "That's stupid" or ask me rhetorically, "Does that stink enough for you?"… [Ray Charles] is a confident and self-centered man, all right, but listening to him listening to himself, his reaction reminds me of my own: He is simply a fan in love with the voice …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 339-340. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427974136810 accessed: 20 April, 2024


David Ritz
Essayist, ghost writer, lyricist, music journalist […]
Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'How Long Has This Been Going On?'
written by George Gershwin
performed by Ray Charles

Experience Information

Date/Time late 20th Century
Medium live, playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:28:57 +0100
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:29:02 +0100