Songbook “Essential Piano Songs” by Ray Charles, PDF, free download.
Sheet music arranged for piano with voice and guitar chords.
Essential Piano Songs by Ray Charles songbook content:
- Born To Lose
- Drown In My Own Tears
- Georgia On My Mind
- Hallelujah I Love Him (Her) So
- Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
- Hit The Road Jack
- I Believe To My Soul
- I Can’t Stop Loving You
- Mess Around
- Unchain My Heart
- You Don’t Know Me
- What’d I Say
A specially selected anthology of songs by one of the true legends of soul music for you to play and enjoy. The rags to riches story of Ray Charles has added a poignant edge to some of the great standards and songs that he made his own, with his versions of favorites including Georgia On My Mind and Hit The Road Jack have become definitive. All of the songs in this collection have been arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar.
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Charles possessed one of the most recognizable voices in American music.
In the words of musicologist Henry Pleasants:
Sinatra, and Bing Crosby before him, had been masters of words. Ray Charles is a master of sounds. His records disclose an extraordinary assortment of slurs, glides, turns, shrieks, wails, breaks, shouts, screams and hollers, all wonderfully controlled, disciplined by inspired musicianship, and harnessed to ingenious subtleties of harmony, dynamics and rhythm… It is either the singing of a man whose vocabulary is inadequate to express what is in his heart and mind or of one whose feelings are too intense for satisfactory verbal or conventionally melodic articulation. He can’t tell it to you. He can’t even sing it to you. He has to cry out to you, or shout to you, in tones eloquent of despair – or exaltation. The voice alone, with little assistance from the text or the notated music, conveys the message.
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