David Ritz - 1955

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 335-336:

[1955: David Ritz remembering cataloguing his music collection in his bedroom] I listen to "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" [on a phonograph]. I'm shaken. I recognize the song from the radio. It's a hit, but I can't help myself; I'm drawn to it; I love it. The next day I buy "Drown in My Own Tears" and "A Fool for You" by the same man. I do not want to like the songs as much as I do. They are commercial--an unpardonable sin in the mind and the heart of a twelve-year-old who knows that True Art cannot also be popular. My distinctions and categories are starting to blur. My understanding of …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 335-336. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427973385199 accessed: 22 June, 2024


David Ritz
Essayist, ghost writer, lyricist, music journalist […]

Listening to

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'A Fool for You'
written by Ray Charles
performed by Ray Charles
'Drown in my Own Tears'
written by Ray Charles
performed by Ray Charles
'Hallelujah, I Love Her So' performed by Ray Charles

Experience Information

Date/Time 1955
Medium broadcast, playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:16:25 +0100
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:27:10 +0100