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Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Losing Hand

(Charles Calhoun)

Atlantic 1037

 

Ray Charles had only recently joined the roster of Atlantic Records when he waxed the mournful blues Losing Hand on May 17, 1953 with a New York session crew consisting of saxists Dave McRae, Freddie Mitchell, and Pinky Williams, bassist Lloyd Trotman, drummer Connie Kay, and guitarist Mickey Baker, whose slippery chords cascade downward like thick, murky molasses. Brother Ray didn't use a guitarist on his subsequent Atlantic sides, making Baker's presence quite unusual (arranger Jesse Stone wrote the song under his alias of Charles Calhoun). Ray had yet to explode with his groundbreaking gospel/blues synthesis, although his impassioned vocal and two-fisted piano offered clues as to his immediate future.

"He still was being recorded in the conventional way, like you'd record almost any single singing artist," said Ray's late co-producer, Jerry Wexler. "We got the backing musicians, we got the arranger Jesse Stone, we rehearsed, and so on."

Born in Albany, Georgia on September 23, 1930 but raised in Greenville, Florida, Ray Charles Robinson lost his sight as a child but gained a love for music—blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, country—that was unshakable. He left the state school for the blind at 15, his piano skills already formidable, and somehow made his way cross-country from Jacksonville, Florida to Seattle. Jack Lauderdale of Swing Time/Down Beat Records brought Charles and his McSon Trio aboard in 1949. His first release was a hit and two more after that too, though his predilection for imitating Nat King Cole and Charles Brown hadn't been tamed yet.

Swing Time was experiencing financial difficulties in 1952, so Lauderdale peddled Charles' contract to Atlantic. There Ray would transform R&B with his daring gospel/blues synthesis on the smashes I've Got A Woman, Hallelujah I Love Her So, and What'd I Say (speaking of advancements in electric instrumentation, he played a Wurlitzer piano on the latter). His sessions were like no other at Atlantic.

"They were exciting, edifying, thrilling," said Wexler. "We're talking about Ray Charles. There were no downers. I mean, there was never anything negative or worrying, because Ray Charles had the whole thing figured out from beginning to end. And so, as would be the case with many other sessions, when there had to be some direction from us because we weren't going anywhere, or some changes to be made, that wasn't the case with Ray."

Of course, Ray's ceaseless musical experiments rendered him a superstar right up to his June 10, 2004 death. No wonder they called him a genius.

- Bill Dahl -
Chicago, Illinois

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Singles Collection 1949-1962 Plus (4-CD) Ray Charles: Singles Collection 1949-1962 Plus (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRGM120

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(Real Gone Music) 83 Tracks - 1949-1962 - A truly fantastic collection of more than 60 singles by the great man of soul and R&B, whose influence reaches as far as jazz and rock'n'roll. Also included are his two classical albums: Modern...
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Alone In The City (CD) Ray Charles: Alone In The City (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCBCD016

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(Magnum Force) 20 Tracks - Swing Time 1949-1952 -
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Ray Charles And Betty Carter (CD, US Longbox) Ray Charles & Betty Carter: Ray Charles And Betty Carter (CD, US Longbox) Art-Nr.: CDDZS039

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(Dunhill Compact Classics) 15 Tracks - With The Jack Halloran Singers! ABC-Paramount 1961-1966, in original longbox sealed!
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Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (CD, US Longbox) Ray Charles: Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (CD, US Longbox) Art-Nr.: CDDZS047

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(DCC Compact Classics) 14 Tracks - With Sid Feller & His Orchestra! ABC-Paramount 1959-1964, in original longbox sealed!
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Genius + Soul = Jazz (CD) Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDZS038

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(DCC Compact Classics) 13 Tracks - US-Longbox original sealed - 1961 - Original Impulse! and ABC-Paramount recordings, with the orchestras of Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns!
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Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (LP) Ray Charles: Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (LP) Art-Nr.: LPRN70099

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(Rhino) 12 tracks - Originally sealed 1988 'Rhino' LP - Re-issue of the original 1962 'ABC-Paramount' LP - Brilliant and clear sound - Mastered from the original tapes
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Just For A Thrill (LP) Ray Charles: Just For A Thrill (LP) Art-Nr.: LP782758

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(Rat Pack) 15 tracks - 'Atlantic' and 'ABC-Paramount' recordings from the 1950s and 1960s
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Would You Believe (CD) Ray Charles: Would You Believe (CD) Art-Nr.: CD634328

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(Warners Bros. Records) 10 tracks
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The Best Of Ray Charles (CD) Ray Charles: The Best Of Ray Charles (CD) Art-Nr.: CD813682

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(Atlantic) 6 tracks
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Berlin 1962 (CD) Ray Charles: Berlin 1962 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPA5301

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(1996/Pablo) 17 tracks, Jazz at the Philharmonic, a previously unreleased concert performance, recorded at the Sportpalast, Berlin, March 6, 1962 Ray Charles - Piano, Vocals Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Davenport, Phillip Guilbeau, John Hunt...
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The Collection (2-LP) Ray Charles: The Collection (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPCCS241

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(Castle Communications) 24 tracks - Original 'ABC-Paramount' recordings, taken from the original master tapes
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Seven Spanish Angels - It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind  (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS) Ray Charles: Seven Spanish Angels - It Ain't Gonna Worry My... Art-Nr.: 45COL08393

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A - Seven Spanish Angels with Willie Nelson B - It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind with Mickey Gilley
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Castle Masters Collection (LP) Ray Charles: Castle Masters Collection (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCML3013

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(Castle) 13 tracks - Original 'ABC-Paramount' recordings Born Ray Charles Robinson in Georgia in 1930, but raised in Florida, Charles had the black Bluesman's typically tragic upbringing. Blind by the age of six and orphaned as a...
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Greatest Country And Western Hits (LP) Ray Charles: Greatest Country And Western Hits (LP) Art-Nr.: LPPRS13002

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(1989/Personality) 18 tracks - ABC-Paramount recordings - Taken from the original session tapes
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Genius Loves Company (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPPA009

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(2004/Pure Audiophile) 12 tracks - Pure Audiophile Records, Ltd. is printed on the spine, back cover and each record label. Issued under the exclusive license to Concord Records is printed on both the back cover as well as each record...
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The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat Recordings 1949-1952 (2-CD) Ray Charles: The Complete Swing Time And Down Beat... Art-Nr.: CDNTICD2001

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(1996/Night Train) 45 Tracks - Covering the first period of his career, from his earliest sides, recorded in Seattle to the last session for Swing Time in LA. Great sides, including many unissued tracks and alternate takes!
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Ray Charles Collection  (2-LP) Ray Charles: Ray Charles Collection (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPARC14557

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(1989/Arcade) 32 tracks - ABC-Paramount recordings
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Genius & Friends (CD) Ray Charles: Genius & Friends (CD) Art-Nr.: CD732555

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(2005/Rhino) 14 tracks
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I'm Movin' On - I Believe To My Soul (7inch, 45rpm) Ray Charles: I'm Movin' On - I Believe To My Soul (7inch,... Art-Nr.: 45ATL2043

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Original 45rpm record on 'Atlantic' from 1959
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Genius & Soul - The 50th. Anniversary Collection (5-CD) Ray Charles: Genius & Soul - The 50th. Anniversary... Art-Nr.: CDRN72859

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(1997/RHINO) 102 tracks remastered from the original tapes. Spans the Genius of Soul's entire five-decade career. Includes an 80-page book featuring rare photos and liner notes.
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What'd I Say (CD, Japan) Ray Charles: What'd I Say (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CD2OP22382

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(1989/Atlantic Japan) 10 Tracks - Japanese reissue of the original 1959 Atlantic vinyl album!
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Ray Charles - Rock'n'Roll (CD Japan) Ray Charles: Ray Charles - Rock'n'Roll (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CD2OP22381

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(2001/Atlantic Japan) 14 tracks - mono. Japanese pressing, jewel case version with 12-page insert with liner notes and lyrics. New, sealed original stock! This is Ray's first LP released on Atlantic in June of 1957. It was first released...
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The Definitive (2-CD) Ray Charles: The Definitive (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN73556

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(2001/RHINO) 46 original tracks with 16 page booklet - best compilation available ! last copies
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Rockin' With Ray - The Original Recordings 1949-1962 (2-CD) Ray Charles: Rockin' With Ray - The Original Recordings... Art-Nr.: CDSCCD2491

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(2013/Smith) 55 tracks, essential collection of the early rockin' tracks 1949-1963. Includes 14 page booklet of notes by Randy Travis. - 'Just About As Good As It Gets!' Series
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The Definitive Soul Collection (2-CD) Ray Charles: The Definitive Soul Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN77664

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(RHINO) 30 tracks, recorded 1953-61
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The Classic Years (3-CD) Ray Charles: The Classic Years (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDESB144

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(1991/CASTLE) 47 tracks, 1960-1971.
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Friendship...plus (CD) Ray Charles & Friends: Friendship...plus (CD) Art-Nr.: CD520314

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(2005/SONY) 12 tracks 1984/86
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Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (CD) Ray Charles: Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN70099

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​(1988/Rhino) 15 tracks
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Genius Loves Company (CD) Ray Charles & Friends: Genius Loves Company (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI66541

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(2004/EMI) 12 tracks
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Super Hits (CD) Ray Charles & Friends: Super Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CD498630

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​(1998/Sony Music) 10 tracks - Originally released in 1986 as the 'Friendship' album
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The Very Best Of (4-CD) Ray Charles: The Very Best Of (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CD3247922

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(2011/Wagram France) 80 original masters 1951-1960 (ABC/Atlantic) - digipac. Incredible compilation incl. all his early monster hits plus rarities (6 with the Raylettes), 2 live recordings and a duet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Perfect...
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Modern Sounds In C&W Vol.1&2 Ray Charles: Modern Sounds In C&W Vol.1&2 Art-Nr.: CDJAS260

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(2013/JASMINE) 26 tracks 1962 - the original albums with bonus tracks.
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Live At Montreux 1997 Ray Charles: Live At Montreux 1997 Art-Nr.: DVDERE444

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(2044/EAGLE) PAL, Code 0, 5.1, 73 Mins.
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The Complete ABC Recordings 1959-61 (3-CD) Ray Charles: The Complete ABC Recordings 1959-61 (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD242190

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(2012/CHANT DU MONDE) 56 tracks, digipac with 40 page booklet.
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Genius & Soul = Jazz 200g Gatefold - Klappcover Ray Charles: Genius & Soul = Jazz 200g Gatefold - Klappcover Art-Nr.: LPAAPP2

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(1960) Analogue Prod.
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Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD) Ray Charles: Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS191

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CD on JASMINE RECORDS by Ray Charles - Soul + Jazz = Genius 1960-61 (2-CD)
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Live In France 1961 Ray Charles: Live In France 1961 Art-Nr.: DVDEAG49904

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(2011/EAGLE) NTSC, Code 0, Mono, 111 Min., filmed at the Antibes Jazz Festival July 18-22, 1961.
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Hit The Road Jack And Other Classic Hits Ray Charles: Hit The Road Jack And Other Classic Hits Art-Nr.: CD33175

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(2011/CONCORDE) 8 tracks
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What'd I Say Ray Charles: What'd I Say Art-Nr.: CD3930911

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CD on MAGIC RECORDS by Ray Charles - What'd I Say
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Live In Concert 1964 Ray Charles: Live In Concert 1964 Art-Nr.: CD7231439

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(2011/CONCORD9 19 tracks, recorded at Shrine Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles.
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Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD) Ray Charles: Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD99028

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CD on AMERICAN JAZZ CLASSI RECORDS by Ray Charles - Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)
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Original Album Series (5-CD) Ray Charles: Original Album Series (5-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN79837

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Rare Genius - Undiscovered Masters Ray Charles: Rare Genius - Undiscovered Masters Art-Nr.: CD32196

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(2010/CONCORDIA) 10 undiscovered! masters (41:43) from sessions ca. 1970 through ca.1995. Feat.Johnny Cash on 'Why Me Lord', recorded in Nashville 1981 (produced by Billy Sherrill)!. 16 page booklet.
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The Great Ray Charles Ray Charles: The Great Ray Charles Art-Nr.: LPATL1259

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(1957 'Atlantic') Rhino
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The Genius Sings The Blues - 180g Vinyl Ltd. Ray Charles: The Genius Sings The Blues - 180g Vinyl Ltd. Art-Nr.: MFSL1337

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Music Ages EP Series Ray Charles: Music Ages EP Series Art-Nr.: CD34186

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I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD) Ray Charles: I Got A Woman - Early Years (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CD232830

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(DOCUMENT) 63 tracks 1949-55
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Modern Sounds In Country & Western Vol.1&2 (CD) Ray Charles: Modern Sounds In Country & Western Vol.1&2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD31337

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(2009/CONCORD) 24 tracks, recorded 1962 in New York & Hollywood. 16 page booklet.
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Sings For Lovers Ray Charles: Sings For Lovers Art-Nr.: CD31896

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(2009/CONCORD) 16 tracks 1962-98! featuring: Ray Charles Big Band, Count Basie Orchestra, Jack Halloran Sisters, The Raeletts and in duet with Betty Carter.
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The Genius Hits The Road Ray Charles: The Genius Hits The Road Art-Nr.: CD31670

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(2009/CONCORD) 19 tracks, the original 1960 album plus bonus tracks
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