Ray Charles - Man And Music

Stuart Maconie presents four programmes tracing the life and career of the versatile singer, pianist and songwriter.

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01It Should Have Been Me20120501

Ahead of Friday Night Is Music Night's celebration of Ray Charles, we re-visit Stuart Maconie's profile of the man known to millions as "The Genius".

Ray Charles was a man of many talents - a towering musician, a free-lover and free thinker, a superb chess player, an infamously tough boss and fierce competitor. He had his critics - the church for one railed against Ray's gospel inspired soul, branding it suggestive and vulgar - but he remained unstoppable. During a career spanning five decades he remained in complete control over his life and music, producing an outstanding body of work across a dizzying array of genres.

This examination is a no holds barred account of the turbulent life and work of a musical icon, from his poverty stricken childhood in the Southern States of America, to the onset of blindness as a child, through his struggle against racial prejudice and drug addiction.

This series first aired on Radio 2 in the summer of 2000.

Stuart Maconie profiles the man known to millions simply as 'The Genius'.

01It Should Have Been Me2000070620040702
20090721 (6M)

Charles's early life in Florida, the onset of his blindness, and musical beginnings up to his first years with Atlantic Records in the early 50s. With contributions from Ray Charles himself, his biographer Michael Lydon, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertgun.

02What'd I Say?2000071320040709
20090722 (6M)

As a tribute to the late Ray Charles, Stuart Maconie presents another chance to hear the series tracing the life and career of the man known to millions as ""The Genius"".

Tonight's programme looks at the mid-1950s. Regarded by many as Charles's most creative period, it produced a raft of R and B classics. With contributions from Ray Charles himself, his biographer Michael Lydon, Jerry Wexler and David `Fathead' Newman.

02What'd I Say?2000071320120502

Ahead of Friday Night Is Music Night's celebration of Ray Charles, we re-visit Stuart Maconie's profile of the man known to millions as "The Genius".

Ray Charles was a man of many talents - a towering musician, a free-lover and free thinker, a superb chess player, an infamously tough boss and fierce competitor. He had his critics - the church for one railed against Ray's gospel inspired soul, branding it suggestive and vulgar - but he remained unstoppable. During a career spanning five decades he remained in complete control over his life and music, producing an outstanding body of work across a dizzying array of genres.

This examination is a no holds barred account of the turbulent life and work of a musical icon, from his poverty stricken childhood in the Southern States of America, to the onset of blindness as a child, through his struggle against racial prejudice and drug addiction.

This series first aired on Radio 2 in the summer of 2000.

Despite the church branding him vulgar, Ray remains unstoppable through the mid-50s.

03Busted *2000072020040716
20090723 (6M)

In the 1960s, Ray Charles enjoyed international success on record, but there were also damaging paternity suits, his withdrawal from heroin and a federal prosecution.

With contributions from Ray Charles himself, his son Ray Robinson Jr, biographer Michael Lydon, and Larry Newman.

04 LASTLook What They've Done To My Song *2000072720040723
20090724 (6M)

In this final programme, he discovers how Charles survived the 1970s, when his career started to decline, and how he re-emerged as the grand old man of soul in the 1980s and 1990s. With contributions from Ray Charles, Michael Lydon, his son Ray Robinson Jr, Raelet John and former lover Ruth Robinson.

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Ray Charles - Man and Music (1 of 4).

Stuart Maconie celebrates an extraordinary life.

Stuart Maconie celebrates an extraordinary life in music.

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Stuart Maconie celebrates an extraordinary life in music.

Ray Charles - Man and Music (3 of 4).

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Stuart Maconie celebrates an extraordinary life in music.