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25 November 2014

Who You Gonna Love

Promo for radio stations.
Single (B): ABC 10081, January 1960, b/w My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do).
Compilation album: Singular Genius, Concord Records, 15 November 2011.

From the first recording session for ABC Paramount, in late 1959. With the band and The Raelettes.

(Poor audio):

Sunday, Monday Or Always (By Jimmy Scott, Ray Charles On Piano)

The Rhino/WEA re-issue of 2003, with - oddly - the 1968 Portrait Of
Ray album, from 1968.

Album3: Jimmy Scott: Falling In Love Is Wonderful, Tangerine, TRC 1501, 1963.

Taped at the United Recordings Studios in Hollywood, in 1962.

Arranged by Gerald Wilson.

Kentucky Waltz

Album: Pure Genius, Atlantic/WEA, 20 September 2005.

Captured during the rehearsal session with Ahmet Ertegun in 1953, in New York City.

Ray Charles loved to reminisce about his earliest endeavors in country music. Shortly after his 17th birthday, in 1947, he landed a gig with The Florida Playboys. In Michael Lydon's biography, Ray Charles - Man And Music, the story is that "[o]ne audition convinced the Playboys that RC could play country music with a genuine flavor, and they hired him, no questions asked about race. For several months he gigged with the band, playing current country hits like Kentucky Waltz in white honky-tonks in and around Tampa, learning to yodel, and singing Waiting For You as his featured number. [...]." Read more here.

21 November 2014

All For You

Album: Ray Charles Invites You To Listen, ABC/Tangerine 595, June 1967.

Recorded at RPM International in 1966/1967.

With The Ray Charles Orchestra, a strings section, and singers (all uncredited).
Arranged by Sid Feller.

Child Support, Alimony

German single.
Album: Would You Believe? Warner Bros 26343, October 1990.
Also released as a 3" CD single (b/w I'll Take Care Of You) by Warner Japan (WPDP-6248).

Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles.

Musicians remained uncredited; Rich Cason produced the synthesizer parts.

I Surrender Dear (With The Ray Charles Sextet)

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

Recorded on 20 November 1956 in New York with Joe Bridgewater, John Hunt - tp; David Newman - as, ts; Emmett Dennis - bs; William Peebles - ds; Roosevelt Sheffield - b. Arranged by Quincy Jones.

Ray played piano and celeste on this one.

I Wish I'd Never Loved You At All (With Gladys Knight)

Album: Just Between Us, Columbia 40703, September 1988. 

Recorded at RPM International with uncredited members of the Ray Charles Orchestra (i.e. Mark Curry, Bobby Medina, Ted Murdock, Jeff Kaye - trumpets; Mike Christianson, Armin Marmolejo, Steve Sigmund, Charlie Schofner - trombones; Al Jackson, Ricky Woodard, Rudy Johnson, Leroy Cooper [and Chris Lega?] - saxophones; Ernest Vantrease - keyboards; Kenny Carr - guitar; Anders Swanson - bass; Paul Kreibich - drums).

'91 TV 50Years - Released

Roll With My Baby

Ray Charles - Roll With My Baby / The Midnight Hour
Single (B): Atlantic 976, September 1952, b/w The Midnight Hour.
Compilation album: What'd I Say, Atlantic 8029, September 1959.

Recorded on 11 September 1952 in New York, with "His Orchestra": trumpet, saxes, drums, bass by unidentified musicians.

You Don't Exist No More (By Percy Mayfield, Ray Charles On Organ)

Single (A): Tangerine TRC 935, 1964 , b/w Memory Pain.
Album3: Percy Mayfield - His Tangerine and Atlantic Sides, Rhino RHM 27828, 2003.

One of Percy's darkest songs ever, recorded in Los Angeles on February 21, 1963.

With Percy Mayfield - vocals; Marcus Belgrave - trumpet; Hank Crawford - alto saxophone; Ray Charles - piano; Howard Roberts - guitar; Edgar Willis - bass; Al McKibbon - bass; Milt Turner - drums.

Your Love Is So Doggone Good

Album: Love Country Style, ABC/Tangerine 707, June 1970.
Single (B): ABC 11308, July 1971, b/w Feel So Bad.

A remarkable, string dominated arrangement. Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles.

Ray added a few seduction routine phrases, in his lowest speaking voice.