[Dixielandjazz] Ray Charles Film
rbroadie at dc.rr.com
Wed Jan 26 18:30:44 PST 2005
I recall being very excited about being hired to play a gig for Ray Charles
circa 1970. When I got to the gig, I was working for Ray Charles, alright.
He was the Ray Charles of "The Ray Charles Singers."
He was a nice enough man but not at all what I'd been anticipating!
Being a native of Iowa, the term "shucks!" came to mind at the time. In
retrospect I can think of better if nastier words.
Never did get to meet or hear the "other" Ray Charles.
----- Original Message -----
From: <BudTuba at aol.com>
To: <johnpetters at tiscali.co.uk>; <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Ray Charles Film
> In a message dated 1/25/05 3:32:13 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> johnpetters at tiscali.co.uk writes:
>> Has anyone seen the Ray Charles movie. I went on Sunday. Very good. The
>> music was great - bit too much on the drugs story but all in all well
> I also liked the movie. I really felt I was watching Ray in real time.
> synching of sound and image was great and how they recreated the ambiance
> the 1950s was awesome.
> Actually, I thought the coverage of the drug element was about right.
> Remember that drugs and jazz musicians had been partners for the years
> when bands
> took to the roads for months at a time. Louis referred to marijuana as
> and was an open advocate (in his letters) of smoking weed. It is not
> surprising that those terrible working hours and estrangement from family
> life was a
> inducement to trying the stuff. Amazing that Ray could perform so well in
> spite of the habit. Remember, too, that alcohol and nicotine are also
> albeit of a lesser danger, but addicting none-the-less and damaging to the
> and mind. Perhaps this movie will act as a lesson to young musicians who
> the movie. We can hope this will help them think twice before going high.
> used to favor scotch and soda on gigs, but in recent years stick to
> lemonade": sour mix with 7 UP! I just don't like those headaches when
> up late the next day.
> Roy (Bud ) Taylor
> Smugtown Stompers JB
> Rochester, NY
> Traditional Jazz Since 1958
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