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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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The Genius At His Best (10-CD)
Ray Charles: The Genius At His Best (10-CD) Art-Nr.: CD333662

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(Membran) 163 tracks
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Anthology (3-CD)
Ray Charles: Anthology (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD965228

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(United Audio Entertainment) 45 tracks
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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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Ray Charles (2-CD)
Ray Charles: Ray Charles (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD074905

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(Wenton) 27 tracks
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I've Got A Woman & Other Hits (CD)
Ray Charles: I've Got A Woman & Other Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CD270422

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(Flashback Records) 10 tracks
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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