|From Roy Porter's autobiography: about meeting Ray in Oakland, in 1950 (his association of Charles with the Ray-o-Vacs is a false memory).|
Release [often also dated "1949" or "1950 - 1952"] of the single Sittin' on Top of the World (Now She's Gone) / I've Had My Fun (Going Down Slow)
Saophonist Earl (Singers) Brown recounted: “Ray was only 20 years old and was invited to be part of the tour group as the piano player and added attraction to the Lowell Fulson Band. We left LA with an eight piece band and performed in every state of the U.S. for two years in a row, then went back into the studio to record ‘Reconsider Baby’, ‘Guitar Shuffle’ and ‘Lonesome Christmas’ [Charles wasn't part of this recording. BS]. Ray was two years older than I was. We were the youngest in the group, so we became good friends. We always roomed together and sat with each other on the bus,” said Earl. It was during these years while on tour that they used to let Ray drive late at night when there were no cars on the road,” Earl recalls. “I would direct Ray’s driving by rubbing his neck and shoulders. The last time we let Ray drive was in LA after he almost hit a fire hydrant.”
30 October 1950
Battle of the bands with Lowell Fulson and Bull Moose Jackson's Bearcats at Oakland Auditorium (also see sub November 9), "before 7,300 howqling fans".
and I'll Do Anything But Work / Someday.
9 November 1950
"Lowell Fulson and Bull Moose Jackson's Bearcats tangle in a battle of the bands" at Avodon Ballroom in Los Angeles.
|5 December 1950|
Battle of the bands with Lowell Fulson and Bull Moose Jackson's Bearcats at Pacific Square Ballroom in San Diego.
|Publicity photo portrait, often dated with 'circa 1950'; first known application in poster is from 1951.|