Gerald Wilson, who was also a trumpet player, wrote the arrangements for such greats as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. He died Monday at 96 years old. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2006.
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The legendary Quincy Jones, who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, tells Terry Gross about his friendship with the late Ray Charles, who he met when they were both still just teenagers:
"It’s one of the treasured, cherished friendships I really have because as kids, we’d talk about everything. He’d show me how to write music in Braille, Dizzy Gillespie songs like “Emanon” and “Bebop” etc. and we used to dream about the future. Like ‘wouldn’t it be great to work with a symphony orchestra, one day we’re going to do that. One day we’ll have three girlfriends each. One day we’re going to do movies together. We’re going to do all that stuff.’ And we did it. That’s what’s amazing. We did “the Heat of the Night together", "We are the World", all of those things, everything, the girls, so it’s amazing to dream and have your dreams executed like that."
Image of Quincy Jones and Ray Charles in 1961 via Art.com
From the archives: A Valentine’s Day love song by Ray Charles
I was listening to this interview from 1998 with Ray Charles this morning for some writing I’m doing for work. I hadn’t heard it before. It’s really, really just lovely. If you’ve got some time this morning — and want something streaming through your headphones — check it out.