Last night I watched a biopic on Ray Charles and I post my comment below on this TV movie.-Ron in Australia
The biopic Ray, an October 2004 film, which portrayed Ray Charles’ life and career between 1930 and 1966, was on TDT TV last night.1 While I was growing-up in Canada in the 1950s there was an American musician, a pioneer in the genre of soul music, who fused rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Ray Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control of his music by a mainstream record company.
Frank Sinatra called Ray Charles the only true genius in show business. “I don't know if Ray was the architect of rock & roll, like Elvis Presley,” said Billy Joel, “but he was certainly the first guy to do a lot of things . . . Who the hell ever put so many styles together and made them work?"2—Ron Price with thanks to 1TDT TV, 11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. 24+25/12/’11 and 2Wikipedia.
You got going, Charles, when I got
going in the mid-1940s.1 After your
Atlantic Records contract ended you
signed with ABC Records ,11/’59, the
month after I joined the Baha’i Faith,
obtaining a more liberal contract than
other artists had at the time, while I got
a code to live by in a time of a complex
social transition from the ‘50s to the ‘60s.
Your ‘62 album, Modern Sounds in Country
and Western Music and its sequel Modern
Sounds in Country & Western Music, Vol. 2
helped country into music’s mainstream.2
I won’t say anymore here, Charles; what
can I say about your genius for sound?!!3
1 Ray Charles’ career began in Jacksonville Florida in 1945; I was in my first year of life in Hamilton Ontario.
2 In 1962 Charles founded his own record label Tangerine Records which ABC-Paramount promoted and distributed; 1962 was also a big year for me as I began my travelling-pioneering for the Canadian Baha’i community in Dundas Ontario and finished high school.
3 Ray Charles was a master of sounds. His records disclose an extraordinary assortment of slurs, glides, turns, shrieks, wails, breaks, shouts, screams and hollers, all wonderfully controlled, disciplined by inspired musicianship, and harnessed to ingenious subtleties of harmony, dynamics and rhythm. It is either the singing of a man whose vocabulary is inadequate to express what is in his heart and mind or of one whose feelings are too intense for satisfactory verbal or conventionally melodic articulation.(Wikipedia)
25 December 2011