Drown in My Own Tears

September 1, 1952, Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’ contract from Swingtime Records.  (via thisdayinmusic.com)

day 148

Ray Charles is a singer I’ve tried to model myself after.  He has just the right combination of blues and gospel.  I used to play this song for Linda Hopkins.  In France this was one of her show stoppers. At the time I didn’t know it was Ray Charles who recorded it. When I finally did hear Ray do it, it went right into my playlist.

I saw Ray Charles a couple of times but was a little disappointed.  At that point in his career he had a touring big band made up of young guys reading charts and it sounded like a Vegas act. Although Ray sang and played his ass off I didn’t need to hear the college big band. This song is recorded with a small band and some back up singers and is one of my favorites.

Jamie Foxx played the hell out of Ray in the movie and until I saw it I never really knew his story.  Hollywood turns out to be the real historian, cause if they make it in a movie, it’s got to be real, right? LOL  One thing I do know for sure is that Ray Charles is one of the greatest singers of all time.  And that’s what I recognize here.

OK.  Here’s Drown in My Own Tears!

 

 

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