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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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Modern Sounds In Country & Western Vol.1&2 (CD)
Ray Charles: Modern Sounds In Country & Western Vol.1&2 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD2080195

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(Concord Records) 24 tracks, ABC Paramount masters recorded 1962 in New York & Hollywood, 16 page booklet.
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Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (LP)
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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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Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD)
Ray Charles: Blues Is My Middle Name (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD502301

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(Music Avenue) 41 tracks, digipack.
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The Spirit Of Christmas (CD)
Ray Charles: The Spirit Of Christmas (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTRC21262

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(Tangerine Records) 10 tracks, digisleeve Merry Christmas! This Christmas classic from the iconic Ray Charles has been unavailable for over a decade. For the first time since its original release in 1985, it is being released on vinyl in...
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Genius Loves Company (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
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(Tangerine Records) 12 tracks, gatefold cover. Genius Loves Company is the last studio album by rhythm-and-blues and soul musician Ray Charles, released posthumously on August 31, 2004. The recording sessions for the album took place...
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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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Greatest Hits Vol.1 (CD)
Ray Charles: Greatest Hits Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: CD003532

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(Personality) 20 tracks
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Greatest Country And Western Hits (LP)
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(1989/Personality) 18 tracks - ABC-Paramount recordings - Taken from the original session tapes
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Genius + Soul = Jazz (CD)
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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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True Genius Sides Of Ray (2-LP)
Ray Charles: True Genius Sides Of Ray (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPTRC2108

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(Tangerine Records) 24 tracks, gatefold cover, the most important recordings of his career, remastered
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(Tangerine Records) 10 tracks - Merry Christmas! This Christmas classic from the iconic Ray Charles has been unavailable for over a decade. For the first time since its original release in 1985, it is being released on vinyl in 2022. Ray...
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Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)
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CD on AMERICAN JAZZ CLASSI RECORDS by Ray Charles - Genius & Soul = Jazz (2-CD)
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Genius Loves Company (& DVD) Special Edition
Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company (& DVD) Special Edition Art-Nr.: CDEMI75873

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DVD-Bonus: The Making of Genius Loves Company/The Photo Session Interview/Ray Trailer: A Taylor Hackford film/Mary Ann with Poncho Sanchez (audio only) (2004/EMI)12 tracks & bonus DVD PAL Code 0 (28:32)
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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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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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Genius & Friends (CD)
Ray Charles: Genius & Friends (CD) Art-Nr.: CD732555

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(2005/Rhino) 14 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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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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What'd I Say (CD)
Ray Charles: What'd I Say (CD) Art-Nr.: CD028229

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(Atlantic) 10 tracks
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The Grand Master 1944-1962 - His Inspiration - His Influence (7-CD)
Ray Charles: The Grand Master 1944-1962 - His Inspiration -... Art-Nr.: CDFA5873

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(Frémeaux & Associés) 170 tracks in slipcase, incl. 28-page booklet He remains one of the greatest musical icons of the 20th century, and Ray Charles is considered a pioneer of rock 'n' roll, a genius of soul and modern R&B, and the...
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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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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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Pure Genius - Complete Atlantic 7-CD&DVD (0)
Ray Charles: Pure Genius - Complete Atlantic 7-CD&DVD (0) Art-Nr.: CDRN74731

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(1952-59 'Atlantic') (547:16/155) Deluxe Box In Form eines Plattenspielers (28.5x23.5x11 cm). 155 Tracks Remastered From The Original Tapes. Including an Entire of 35 Rare and Unreleased Tracks. Featuring Previously Unreleased 1953...
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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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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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