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25 October 2014

My Buddy

Album3: Quincy Jones, Q - The Musical Biography, Rhino R2 74363-2, 1991.
DVD: Quincy Jones & Claude Nobs Present: Montreux Jazz Festival 1991 & 1992, Montreux, S.a. (track #20).

In the 1984 documentary I Love Quincy, the protagonist surprised the film makers by giving them a tape that he had just found back, advising them to let Ray Charles listen to it, and to film that. On the tape we hear Ray, sitting in a hotel room, briefing Quincy on arranging a few songs for his album The Genius Of Ray Charles, from 1959. One of the tunes is My Buddy (which didn't make it to any recording at that time). Ray, on camera, finally does an unplugged My Buddy, that Quincy wanted to use for the documentary's sound score.

Ray's arrangement suggestion (as presented on Pure Genius):


The next thing we know, is that Ray played the song during the 1991 Montreux Festival, that was programmed and presented by Q. This version, so far, was only released as part of Q - The Musical Biography (30 seconds of that can be listened to here).

Finally, Ray performed the song - in an even frailer mode - at Q's Kennedy Center honoring in 2001:

My Cup Runneth Over (By Rita Graham, Ray Charles On Piano)

Album3: Rita Graham, Vibrations, Tangerine TRCS 1507, 1969.

Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles, with uncredited musicians. Arranged by Sid Feller.

My First Night Alone Without You

Album: Through The Eyes Of Love, ABC/Tangerine 765, August 1972.

Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles. The musicians remained uncredited. Arrangement by Sid Feller.

My Friend (With Take 6)

Album3: Take 6, Join The Band, Reprise Entertainment 9 45497-2, 1994.

Ray Charles joined the close harmony group Take 6 for the 3d track on their album Join The Band.
In September 2014 their successful Ray Charles tribute show in Las Vegas premiered.

Soundclip:

My Funny Valentine (With Susaye Greene)

Unreleased.

Susaye's operatic interpretation was filmed for TV at La Salle Pleyel in Paris, on 8 October 1968, broadcast by ORTF. A second rendition, that same night, taped for a radio broadcast, has also survived.

With Wallace Davenport (bandleader), Phil Guilbeau, Virgil Jones, David Philips - trumpet; Fred Johnson, Jay Clyde Miller - alto saxophone; Nathan Davis, Daniel Jackson - tenor saxophone; Leroy Cooper - bariton saxophone; Henry Coker, Glenn Childress (and Fred Murrell?) - trombone; Billy Preston - organ, Fred Robinson - guitar, Edgar Willis - bass, Roger Humphries - drums; The Raelettes (Verlyn Flenaugh, Susaye Greene, Barbara Ann Lesure, Barbara Nell Terrault) - backing vocals.

My God And I

Compilation album: Recorded Live At Newport In New York, Buddah BDS5616, 1974 (1973).
Album: Renaissance, Crossover 9005, June 1975.

This is one of the rare cases where a live rendition sooner found its way to vinyl than the studio version. Ray's delivery in the studio was excellent, but the live version is superior.

This beautiful song was recorded twice on July 1st, 1973 at Carnegie Hall, during Ray's double concert for the Newport Jazz festival. The version taped at the first show made it to the Buddah album (which, erroneously, had Just A Man as the song's title).

The Carnegie line-up is a bit sketchy:
Phil Guilbeau, Walter Miller, Tony Horowitz, [unknown] - trumpets; Ken Tussing, Craig Woods, Don Switzer, Glenn Childress, Fred Murrell - trombones; Gregg Abate, James Clay, Leroy Cooper, [unknown], [unknown] - saxophones; John Henderson - keyboards; Calvin Keyes - guitar; Edgar Willis - bass; Bill McCullough - drums.

Carnegie 1973:


The recording for the Renaissance album was in late 1974 or early 1975 at RPM International in Los Angeles.

Studio line-up:
Jeff Conrad, Bob Coassin, Phil Guilbeau, Jack Evans - trumpets; Wally Huff, Ken Tussing, Glen Childress, Steve Davis - trombones; Andy Ennis, Clifford Solomon, Ed Pratt, James Clay, Leroy Cooper - saxophones, band leader; Joe Harris - bass; Tony Matthews - guitar; Ernest Vantrease - keyboards. James Gadson - drums.

Studio version:

My Heart Cries For You

Single (B): ABC 10530, February 1964, b/w Baby, Don't You Cry.
Compilation album: Singular Genius, Concord Records, 15 November 2011.

Sid Feller produced the tune with strings and choir.

My Jug And I (By Percy Mayfield, Ray Charles On Organ)

Single (A): Tangerine TRC 957, 1965, b/w Give Me Time To Explain.
Album3: Percy Mayfield, My Jug And I, Tangerine TRC 1505, 1966.

Arranged by Gerald Wilson.

My Melancholy Baby (With The Ray Charles Band)

Album: The Great Ray Charles, Atlantic 1259, August 1957.

Recorded on 26 November 1956 in New York.

Ray Charles - p; Joe Bridgewater, John Hunt - tp; David Newman - as, ts; Emmett Dennis - bs; William Peebles - d; Roosevelt Sheffield - b.

My Soul

Unreleased.

My Soul is an original Ray Charles composition - a wonderful up tempo blues. For its lyrics it leans heavily on a string of squibs and clichés known from earlier typical Charles lyrics. The song was never released (Ray never even claimed the copyrights).
The first known performance of this song was filmed for TV at the Pleyel Room in Paris, on 8 October 1968. A second rendition that same night, taped for a radio broadcast, has also survived.

With Wallace Davenport (bandleader), Phil Guilbeau, Virgil Jones, David Philips - trumpet; Fred Johnson, Jay Clyde Miller - alto saxophone; Nathan Davis, Daniel Jackson - tenor saxophone; Leroy Cooper - bariton saxophone; Henry Coker, Glenn Childress (and Fred Murrell?) - trombone; Billy Preston - organ, Fred Robinson - guitar (solo), Edgar Willis - bass, Roger Humphries - drums.

Later that month, on the 25th, Ray also performed My Soul in Fresno.

Paris '68:


Live:
'68 LC Paris - 2x
'68 LC Fresno