Well this is the end of Black History Month here at the old Show that is known as the Donkey. Been a fun month for me although time has always been a constant factor this month. This was $3.00. I got it at a record show. If the fact that it was from Ray Charles wasn’t enough to buy this, the inclusion of one of my favorite songs which I will use as a sample drove the purchase home for me.
This record came out on Charles’ own label Tangerine. It was released in 1966, which would have come right after his stint in rehab after his third arrest for heroin possession. As dark as this time was for Charles (no pun intended), he was able to finally overcome the drug habit.
This is a pretty good album of songs which vary in style. There are a few RnB numbers as well as a few Country and Western ones as well. Charles is backed up by his orchestra which provides a lush sound to back up his piano. He is also accompanied by his Raelets on backup vocals. There are a lot of good songs on this album.
For a sample, I was drawn (as always) to one of my favorite songs, “By The Light of the Silvery Moon”. This song was a popular Tin Pan Alley tune, first published in 1909. Charles version is pretty good, although my favorite version is still Gene Vincent’s. Also for good measure, I included “Granny Wasn’t Grinning That Day”.
Good album. Satisfactory,