Professor Mark J. Perry's Blog for Economics and Finance
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Happy Birthday Ray Charles: September 23
Ray Charles (1930-2004) was born 80 years ago yesterday on September 23, 1930. In the video above, Ray performs "Drown in My Own Tears" with full orchestra and the Raylettes at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 when he was 29 years old. From the comments at YouTube:
"Nobody can sing the Blues slower than the Genius. He wipes you out emotionally."
"Around the 3:30 mark.... it occurred to me that this was the heaviest thing to ever go down in the history of mankind. ....mindblown."
"This is perhaps THE greatest blues recording of the fifties and sixties. Every other artist shrinks in comparison."