Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 11

Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (And You Better Believe It) [Intro: Untitled Blues] (With Marian McPartland)

'90 RS PianoUnreleasedWith Marian McPartland


On 9 January 1990 Ray Charles was a guest at Marian McPartland’s NPR radio show Piano Jazz, taped at the Manhattan Beach Studios in New York (first broadcast on April 6, 1991).

One of the many good things that happened was a brief version of this tune (music by Mercer Ellington and lyrics by Ted Persons), as a culmination of a blues improvisation by Ray. Both Ray and Marian played piano, Ray hummed a little in the end. Listen here (aim about in the middle of the program).


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