Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story

Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (written work, Memoir/autobiography)

Listening experiences

1426852321619: Oh yes, Lord, Mama believed in going to church. Ou...

1426852929123: I was a happy kid. I loved the country with all it...

1426855464189: Sometimes I'm asked about my biggest musical influ...

1426858439116: Mr. Pit's place was the center of the black commun...

1426876606046: Life went on for our little family in the country....

1426877316195: It didn't take Mama long to figure out what was ha...

1427123112134: Like it or not, when the train pulled out of Green...

1427123606496: Like it or not, when the train pulled out of Green...

1427124119304: When I stepped off the train in Greensville it was...

1427124850894: [My] second year at [the Blind] school was a whole...

1427127703261: Although there was nothing really down-home about ...

1427203202374: Now you didn't find no muddy Mississippi blues on ...

1427203805929: There were also a few cats at school who could alw...

1427204394485: Whenever Joe Lee--our local Art Tatum [at the Blin...

1427207792613: This was a time in my life [around eleven or twelv...

1427209984206: I knew jazz. I loved jazz, and I could play jazz. ...

1427293682284: I loved going home for the summers... [Boarding Bl...

1427294484514: [Following the death of his mother in May 1945, Ra...

1427295039883: Here I was in Jacksonville [Florida] trying to fit...

1427295502301: My social life [in Jacksonville, Florida] wasn't a...

1427297305589: During my day, there were two types of sounds. Lea...

1427460856045: Lucky Millinder is a big name in the music busine...

1427462253752: When I hit the streets [in Orlando, Florida] in th...

1427463111790: I was pretty crazy at sixteen, and if you need any...

1427465433697: I bought [a record player and] a lot of the 78s [i...

1427465850391: And of course Billie Holiday always destroyed me. ...

1427467044131: I started out in a flophouse and then got lodgings...

1427467994406: I knew back then [1940’s] that Nat Cole was bigger...

1427469171078: Strangest job I had in Florida--and one of the nic...

1427563667532: About the time I was playing hot hillbilly piano [...

1427566005337: I continued writing arrangements for big bands in ...

1427570309334: It was 1950 when I moved to L.A. [California]. ...

1427570909347: [O]ne evening in a Los Angeles nightclub… I found...

1427573019725: [In 1950's Los Angeles]. Lowell [Fulson] had a...

1427573962089: Lowell [Fulson] had a station wagon and a Roadmast...

1427575071318: Music was all over the place [in the 1950s]. When ...

1427575855896: We went back to L.A. from time to time and I had a...

1427806379101: These were the years--'53, '54, '55--when I became...

1427806819826: This was the happiest period of my life so far [on...

1427807224156: [On tour in the mid-1950's] I was still meeting mu...

1427807512663: My band was really shaping up [in the mid-1950’s]....

1427809075430: I was playing in Kentucky in 1955 when a promoter ...

1427810864141: One night in 1957 I happened to be playing Philade...

1427812512371: The cats in the band could play the blues [1950's]...

1427813208603: Jazz was going through some changes about now [1...

1427827577389: Something else happened in this time slot [1950’s]...

1427828274683: Hank Crawford had joined our band [in 1958]. He pl...

1427960491640: Carnegie Hall in 1959 stands out in my mind as one...

1427961471843: Atlantic sent me material they were recording of t...

1427962351368: [Hiring horn players in the late 1950’s], of all t...

1427963131168: [In 1960]… I did those duets with Betty Carter… ...

1427969509907: There was a lot of black music in the last half of...

1427971185170: I've been traveling extensively outside the United...

1427971955163: I ain't real narrow in my tastes. In fact, I'm cra...

1427972187097: I remember hearing an album that Jo Stafford made ...

1427973385199: [1955: David Ritz remembering cataloguing his musi...

1427973745360: [At a Ray Charles outdoor concert in Fort Worth Te...

1427974136810: "I like it myself," [Ray Charles] says when he's p...

1427974518563: [O]ne night [when Ray Charles is dictating his mem...

author

David Ritz

Ray Charles

published in

2003

publisher

Da Capo Press

includes

excerpt from 'Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story' pp. 293 (112 words)

excerpt from 'Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story' pp. 93-94 (67 words)

excerpt from 'Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story' pp. 22 (206 words)

excerpt from 'Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story' pp. 155-156 (103 words)

Cite as Ray Charles and David Ritz, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003)
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