Brother Ray Ray Charles' Own Story

ISBN-10: 0306814315

ISBN-13: 9780306814310

Edition: 3rd 1978

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Ray Charles has led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the prevailing racism of the time, by the age of thirty-two Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius. By combining the influences of gospel, jazz, blues, and even country music, he invented, almost single-handed, what became know as soul. And over a career spanning close to fifty years, Ray Charles has remained in complete control over his life and music, allowing nobody to tell him what to do.
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List price: $18.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

David Ritz has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B. B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He co-wrote the song Sexual Healing with Marvin Gaye. He received the Gleason Music Book Award four times.

Known as a pioneer in soul music, Ray Charles was born in Albany, Georgia. As a child, Charles developed glaucoma, an eye disorder that left him blind. He began playing the piano at the age of 3. He learned to compose and arrange music in Braille and to play the piano, clarinet, alto saxophone, organ, and trumpet at the St. Augustine School for Deaf and Blind Children in St. Augustine, Florida. By the time he was in his twenties, Charles had established his own style and original sound. He is credited with almost single-handedly creating soul music by fusing the intensity, inflection, and structures of gospel music, the subject matter of blues, and the horn riffs of jazz. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Charles toured and played to large audiences in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he received the lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He has also won 12 Grammy awards. "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" are among his classics. In addition, Charles has recorded television commercials, many of which he produced himself. His Diet Pepsi advertisement was rated the most memorable commercial of 1991. Charles has also appeared on several television shows, including "Saturday Night Live," "Who's the Boss," and "St. Elsewhere."

Introduction to the 2003 Edition
Going Blind
First Year at School
Summertime in Greensville
Back to School
Summers in Tallahassee
Making Out
Scuffling in Jacksonville
Hungry in Orlando
Floppin' Round Tampa
Moving Cross-Country
Fooling with Drugs
Down to L.A.
The Road
Struggling as a Single
Roughing It
Family Dreams
The Girls
Fooling, Drowning, Hallelujahing
Whiskey and Watermelon
Widening the Range
Busted Again
Keeping Track of the Change
Too Close for Comfort
Back to the Country
For the Love of Women
Loosening Up
Wising Up
The Bad Bust
Coming Back
Following a Leader
The Scene Abroad
B and Me
Working on the Building
Living and Dying
Nothing New
Little Bit of Soul
Discography and Notes
Tangerine/Crossover and Miscellaneous
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