Music Video

Ray Charles Recording Company Receipt

February 2016

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
Receipt for payment signed by Ray Charles, singer early in his career when he was only 20 years old. The receipt states that Ray Charles Robinson received from Swing Time Record Company payment of $82.50 for a recording session at Universal Studios on November 24, 1950. Charles joined Swing Time Records and under his own name "Ray Charles" to avoid being confused with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson) recorded two more R&B hits, "Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand" (#5) in 1951 and "Kissa Me Baby" (#8) in 1952. The following year, Swing Time folded and Ahmet Erteg√ľn signed him to Atlantic Records.
Created by
Swing Time Records, American, 1947 - 1953
Received by
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004
Date
November 24, 1950
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Type
receipts
Topic
African American
Business
Musicians
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Place used
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Object number
2011.57.40.1
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