By Ray Charles Robinson JR., Mary Jane Ross
A deeply own memoir of the non-public Ray Charles - the guy in the back of the legend - through his eldest son.
Ray Charles is an American track legend. A a number of Grammy Award-winning composer, pianist, and singer with an inimitable vocal type and a catalog of hits together with "What I Say," "Georgia on My Mind," "Unchain My Heart," "I cannot cease Loving You," and "America the Beautiful," Ray Charles's song is enjoyed through enthusiasts round the world.
Now his eldest son, Ray Charles Robinson Jr., stocks an intimate glimpse of the fellow in the back of the track, with never-before-told tales. Going past the celebrity, the concert events, and the excursions, Ray Jr. opens the doorways of his kin domestic and divulges their inner most lives with fondness and frankness.
He stocks his father's grief and guilt over his little brother's loss of life on the age of 5 — besides of moments of non-public pleasure, like staring at his father run his arms over the Christmas offers lower than their tree whereas making a song softly to himself. He tells of ways Ray overcame the demanding situations of being blind, even riding automobiles, driving a Vespa, and flying his personal airplane. And, in gripping element, he finds how as a six-year-old boy he stored his father's lifestyles one harrowing night.
Ray Jr. writes in truth concerning the painful proof of the habit that almost destroyed his father's existence. His father's struggles with heroin dependancy, his arrests, and the way he finally kicked the drug chilly turkey are provided in unflinching element. Ray Jr. additionally stocks overtly approximately how, as an grownup, he fell sufferer to an analogous temptations that plagued his father.
He paints a compassionate portrait of his mom, Della, whose outstanding voice as a gospel singer first attracted Ray Charles. even though her husband's drug use, his womanizing, and the paternity fits leveled opposed to him regularly threatened the steadiness of the Robinson domestic, Della exhibited tremendous resilience and internal strength.
Told with deep love and fearless candor, You do not know Me is the robust and poignant tale of the Ray Charles the general public by no means observed — the daddy and husband and engaging man or woman who additionally occurred to be one of many maximum musicians of all time.