Ray Charles in City of Tampa - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 99-100:

I knew back then [1940’s] that Nat Cole was bigger than ever. Whites could relate to him because he dealt with material they understood, and he did so with great feeling. Funny thing, but during all these years I was imitating Nat Cole, I never thought twice about it, never felt bad about copying the cat's licks… He was a guy everyone admired, and it just made… musical and commercial sense to study his technique… Today I hear some singers who I think sound like me. Joe Cocker, for instance. Man, I know that cat must sleep with my records. But I don't mind. I'm flattered; I …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 99-100. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427467994406 accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: City of Tampa


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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Big Band
written by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray, Tommy Dorsey
performed by Nat King Cole
Blues performed by Joe Cocker

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:53:14 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:15:54 +0100