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Ray Charles: Man & Music
Michael Lydon (au). This is the first full-length biography of Ray Charles. He waged an incredible fight to fulfill his ambition to become a great musician. When 5, his brother drowned; at age 6 he went blind; & when he was 14 his mother died. But this driven youth talked his way into gig’s at Jacksonville’s toughest juke joints, learning from older musicians & writing dazzling arrangements. He struggled with heroin abuse & loved countless women. Vet. of the jazz scene -- Quincy Jones, David Newman, & Leroy Cooper -- became lifelong friends & collaborators. Charles negotiated an unheard-of arrangement with his record label, which gave him complete ownership of his master tapes & made him a millionaire. Photos.
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