Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 8

Why Try To Change Me Now (By Jimmy Scott, Ray Charles On Piano)

Album3 1963 JimmyWith Jimmy Scott

Album3: Jimmy Scott: Falling In Love Is Wonderful, Tangerine, TRC 1501, 1963.

Taped at United Recordings Studios, Hollywood, California in 1962

Jimmy Scott: “The record was completed in just a few sessions. I don’t think we did more than two takes on any one tune. There wasn’t any overdubbing either. It was all-the-way live. The fiddlers were fiddling. Ray was playing, and I was singing, all at the same time. When we were through, everyone was thrilled – me, Ray and the arrangers. We knew we had a hit.”
As arranger Gerald Wilson tells it in the liner notes to the 2003 reissue of the album, “Ray supervised, but he did so from the piano. He played on every track. And he made sure we wrote charts that gave his piano space. If you listen to the record carefully, it’s really a long and intimate conversation between Ray’s sensitive piano and Jimmy’s sensitive voice.” The musicians were not credited.


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