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Brother Ray

Author: Ray Charles; David Ritz; Andrew L Barnes
Publisher: Ashland, OR : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he reveals his life story unsparingly, from the chronicle of his musical development to his heroin addiction to his tangled romantic life. Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the pervasive racism of the era, Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius by the age of thirty-two. By  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ray Charles
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Charles; David Ritz; Andrew L Barnes
ISBN: 0786180951 9780786180950 0786180943 9780786180943
OCLC Number: 57705140
Notes: Unabridged.
Includes "The last days of Brother Ray" by David Ritz.
Compact discs.
Performer(s): Read by Andrew L. Barnes.
Description: 11 sound discs (13 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: Last days of Brother Ray.
Ray Charles' own story
Responsibility: Ray Charles and David Ritz.

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Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he reveals his life story unsparingly, from the chronicle of his musical development to his heroin addiction to his tangled romantic life. Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the pervasive racism of the era, Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius by the age of thirty-two. By combining the influences of gospel, jazz, blues, and country music, he invented, almost single-handedly, what became known as "soul." And throughout a career spanning more than a half century, Ray Charles remained in complete control of his life and his music, allowing nobody to tell him what he could or couldn't do.

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