Am I Blue (1, 2)
Am I Blue (1)
Album: The Genius Of Ray Charles, Atlantic 1312, October 1959.
Single (A): May 1961, Atlantic 2106 b/w It Should Have Been Me.
Recorded on May 6, 1959 in New York with Bob Brookmeyer – tb; Ted Sommer – d; Allen Hanlon – g; Wendell Marshall – b; unidentified woodwinds, strings and singers. Ralph Burns – arranger, director.
Am I Blue (2)
Album: A Portrait Of Ray, ABC/Tangerine 625, March 1968.
For this album Ray recorded a new interpretation of the song – in itself a unique fact; it’s the only song he studio-recorded for both Atlantic and Tangerine. This is also the arrangement that Ray from then on would perform live – many times in incredibly bluesy voice/trumpet dialogues with Johnny Coles.
Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles in February 1968. With studio musicians (possibly including Carol Kaye on bass), woodwinds and a string section (all uncredited).