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