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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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Genius & Friends (CD)
Ray Charles: Genius & Friends (CD) Art-Nr.: CD732555

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(2005/Rhino) 14 tracks
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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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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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Hallelujah I Love Her (1962)
Ray Charles: Hallelujah I Love Her (1962) Art-Nr.: CD73525

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(2000/ATLANTIC) 14 tracks - digpac / last copies
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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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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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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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Unreleased (CD)
Ray Charles: Unreleased (CD) Art-Nr.: CDNTICD7154

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A collection of alternate takes, false starts, and incomplete versions. For collectors, only.
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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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I Don't Need No Doctor - Please Say You're Fooling (7inch, 45rpm)
Ray Charles And His Orchestra: I Don't Need No Doctor - Please Say You're... Art-Nr.: REP03012

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(ABC) 2 tracks, Killer track from Mr.Ray Charles and a real sexy Soul Burner!
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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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(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 blend of...
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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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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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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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This Is Gold (3-CD)
Ray Charles: This Is Gold (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDHR901955

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(Disky) 45 tracks
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Unchain My Heart - The Best Of (CD)
Ray Charles: Unchain My Heart - The Best Of (CD) Art-Nr.: CD887827

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(Companion) 20 tracks
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
Ray Charles: Hallelujah I Love Her So Art-Nr.: CD3930664

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(2008/MAGIC) 24 tracks 1949-57, 24bit mastering, papersleeve
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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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Singles Collection Plus 1952-58 (2-CD)
Ray Charles: Singles Collection Plus 1952-58 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS506

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(2009/JASMINE) 50 tracks
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The Early Years
Ray Charles: The Early Years Art-Nr.: CDKCD5011

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CD on KING RECORDS by Ray Charles - The Early Years
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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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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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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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Ray Charles (2-CD)
Ray Charles: Ray Charles (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD074905

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