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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 32. 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.
The San Francisco Chronicle calls Brother Ray "an emotional blast as vivid and real, sweaty and straight talking as the man himself".
©1992, 2003, 2004 David Ritz; 1978 Ray Charles and David Ritz (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"A delight." (The New York Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rod on 05-22-16

Brother Ray is a true inspiration

Brother Ray (Ray Charles Own Story) was a great book as far as I was concerned. I have always been a fan of Charles’ music. After watching the movie “Ray” (2004) with Jamie Foxx, I became fascinated with the man. The book shows a much more detailed look into his life and what makes him such an inspiration for anyone with a disability (or without one). By the time Ray is thirty two years old, he overcame poverty, blindness, the loss of both parents, and the widespread racism of his era. He wasn’t afraid to dip into new genres (gospel, blues, and even country music). Very independent, even turning down a presidential invite to play the White House because they didn’t allow him the proper time to prepare. Ray never gave out autographs, even refusing President Johnson one. This book is funny, sad, melancholy and ever emotion in between.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bob Andelman on 01-07-16

Terrific audiobook

One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Great story with equally great, theatrical presentation.

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