Sunny Friday morning, after 3 hours of emails on all sorts of biz matters (sigh!), Ray Charles came on, doing “Come Back Baby.” The day was lookin better!
Got me thinking about Ray and his recording of “Am I Blue,” live in Japan (in ’76 I think). Dialed it up on Grooveshark (here) and once again got chills (running from my ears down arms). A rare performance, with John Coles killing it on the trumpet, the crowd obviously tuned in.
The second time Ray sings “blue,” he makes it into a 6-note word. He starts bending all the held notes. At the very end, he makes “Am I gay…,” go “Am I gay-ay-ay…” Just a stunning vocal.