Written by
Bob Stumpel

January 16

Anytime (2004)

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The scene below didn’t make it to Ray, the movie. It depicts how Charles in early 1948 took the bus from Tampa to Seattle, and helps a few mariners to find the lyrics to Anytime, a contemporary hit by Eddy Arnold and The Tennessee Plowboys (who, later in ’48 would score #1 to #4 on Billboard’s Most-Played Juke Box Folk Records). The bus ride is historical, the meeting with the mariners probably isn’t, and Ray’s  shades certainly aren’t.
The soundtrack of Ray consists of (remastered) original Ray Charles recordings, and new recordings for which Charles provided the vocals. But it must be Jamie who’s humming the song here.


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