Ray Charles has today’s almost forgotten track

Ray Charles’ work over the years covered virtually every genre from jazz to country…primarily, he’s perceived as an r’n’b artist, and I’ll concede that every form he tried, he mastered, but for me I like him the most when he’s pure blues as he is on this 1956 hit version of the Henry Glover song, performed here at Newport in 1960…it’s safe to say that, before Ray there was nobody quite like him, and it’s equally safe to say that since Ray, there’s been nobody quite like him…a true master and through his diversity, totally unique…


Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then. His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.

Published on July 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson


July 9, 2018 - 10:01 am


A Great Tune and a Giant Talent!

Very happy to say that I saw and heard Ray Charles twice. He put on a Great Show!

Seemed to be very warm and very spiritual, he had an incredible ability to connect with the Audience. Always seemed like he was performing for you personally.

Thanks very much!

July 9, 2018 - 12:03 pm

greg simpson

I’m envious BMCQ, as I never got to see Ray live in person…thanks for watching…

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