Ray Charles in Florida - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 48:

Although there was nothing really down-home about the music I learned at [the Blind] school, all music fascinated me. I was happy to play melodies I hadn't heard before. We learned silly tunes like "Won't You Come Out and Play with Me?" and when I was eleven or twelve, I joined the choir where I was the youngest kid in the group. Every chance I had, I imitated the hits of the day. We had one radio at school,and naturally it was controlled by the big boys... They decided what everyone else listened to... I was hearing what everyone else in America was listening to--the big bands. I …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 48. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427127703261 accessed: 25 April, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Big Band
written by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray, Tommy Dorsey

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:21:43 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:39:20 +0100