MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO LISTENING SERIES, THE: REMEMBERING RAY CHARLES, PACKAGE 1: THE RAY CHARLES SPECIAL, PT. 1

Summary

Ray Charles (1930-2004), known to many as "The Genius of Soul" and "The Inventor of Soul Music," was an American original. For over fifty years Charles moved effortlessly through a range of musical genres. This four-part 1985 radio program produced by KCRW-FM celebrates the music and the life of Ray Charles. Host Roger Steffens speaks to "Brother Ray" candidly about his views on music, the business of show business, politics, racism, and much more.

The Ray Charles Special: Part One "Music always seemed to take priority over whatever I was doing." -- Ray Charles Host Roger Steffens talks to Ray Charles about Charles's first encounter with the piano, his family relationships, and his recollections of sight as a young child. In this segment, Charles also discusses his major musical influences, his struggles to succeed as an up-and-coming artist, and the reasons why he refused to ever record gospel music. Musical selections include "What'd I Say (Part 1)," "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand," "Lonely Avenue," "I've Got a Woman," and "It Should've Been Me." (1985; 60 minutes)

Cataloging of this program was made possible by The Marc Haas and Helen Hotze Haas Foundations.

Details

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  • DATE: 2004
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:58
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  • CATALOG ID: R:26977
  • GENRE: Radio - Music
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Music, popular (songs, etc.)
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CREDITS

    • Ray Charles
    • Roger Steffens