I’m Gonna Cross That River (By Tommy Ridgley, Ray Charles On Piano)
Single3 (A): Atlantic 1009, 1954, b/w Ooh Lawdy My Baby.
In Mid-August 1953 Ray Charles was invited to fill in on the piano at a recording session organized by Atlantic for Tommy Ridgley, at the J&M Studio in New Orleans. They taped Ooh Lawdy My Baby and I’m Gonna Cross That River. Ray may also have had a role (as an arranger?) in the taping of Ridgley’s version of Changed My Mind.
The line-up was: Tommy Ridgley – vocals, August Dupont – alto sax, Walter Hebrard – tenor sax, Ray Charles – piano, Edgard Blanchard – guitar, Frank Fields – bass, Alonzo Steward – drums.
(Afterwards Ray, together with Ertegun and Wrexler, decided to use the occasion to also record Feelin’ Sad and I Wonder Who).
Update 13.02.2021: the video of this performance is no longer available on YouTube, please let me know in the comments below if you have any footage, thanks — Cyd