Ray Charles in City of Orlando - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 93-94:

I was pretty crazy at sixteen, and if you need any proof, just listen to what I did when I was finally able to rub a couple of dimes together: I didn't run out and buy a mess of food… Instead I got me a record player--right there in Orlando [Florida, 1940's], in the midst of the worst economic depression of my life. I figured that was all the nourishment I needed. I wanted to hear all the Jazz at the Philharmonic records. Those early sessions had everyone on them: Illinois Jacquet, Benny Carter, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Nat Cole, Roy Eldridge. I remember a particularly wild …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 93-94. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427463111790 accessed: 13 July, 2024

location of experience: City of Orlando


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'Lady Be Good'
written by Lester Young
written by Miles Davis, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
performed by Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Benny Carter, Lester Young, Nat King Cole

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium playback
Listening Environment indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:31:51 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:02:01 +0100