Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 17

So Soon (With John Henderson)

'72 LC ParisUnreleased


When Ray Charles had keyboardist and singer John Henderson in his band, from 1972 to 1974, they developed a routine that I’ve titled So Soon, after the frequently repeated (but rather meaningless) chorus line.
Sometimes it was just a little ditty, used as an intro to What’d Say. Other times Ray turned it into a musical skit, where he jokingly menaced Henderson with all kinds of accusations. And incidentally (as in the Paris 1972 concert) they extended it into a haunted, dark, voodoo-ish blues.


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