Part one of this four-part radio program that salutes the inventor of soul music, Ray Charles. This program, hosted by Roger Steffens, features interviews with Charles along with numerous musical selections. Topics discussed include the following: his recollections of having vision as a child; the way he was attracted to piano playing at a very early age; the fact that the people who were major influences on his music never lived to witness his success; whether he ever had a premonition about his blindness; the way he seemed to keep the same singing voice throughout his life; his feelings about being denied the chance to play piano in a band when he was seventeen years old; his reason for using lyrics from gospel and spiritual songs in his soul music; the reason many artists were upset that he used his classic, gospel-style singing voice outside of church; and his refusal to record an album that preaches gospel. Musical selections include the following: "What'd I Say (Part 1)"; "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand"; "Kiss Me Baby"; "I'm Going Down to the River"; "I Had a Dream"; "Blackjack"; "You Better Leave That Woman Alone"; "Talking 'Bout You"; "Lonely Avenue"; "I've Got a Woman"; and "It Should've Been Me." No commercials. Continues with R87:0845.


  • NETWORK: NPR National Public Radio / KCRW-FM (Santa Monica, CA)
  • DATE: July 4, 1985 Thursday
  • RUNNING TIME: 01:00:00
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  • CATALOG ID: R87:0844
  • GENRE: Radio - Music
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - Music
  • SERIES RUN: KCRW (Santa Monica, CA) - Radio, 1985


    • Roger Steffens … Producer, Host
    • Ray Charles … Guest