Written by
Bob Stumpel

November 8

I Can’t Get Started



From Joël Dufour’s interview with Ray Charles’ first band leader, Renald Richard, published in Soul Bag (January 2004, #176/177):

JD: Was your repertoire all R&B and jazz, or would Ray Charles sing a few standard ballads as well?
RR: He wrote the Bunny Berrigan version of  I Can’t Get Started as a feature trumpet solo, and he did a couple of other ballads – not many.
JD: Did he sing I Can’t Get Started, or play it as an instrumental? Were you the trumpet soloist on that?
RR: I think that Ray sang on I Can’t Get Started; however I played the trumpet solo exactly as Bunny Berrigan recorded it. Ray transcribed it for me.

Bunny Berrigan:


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