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Ray Charles Recording Company Receipt

February 2016

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November 24, 1950
Object number
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.
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Created by
Swing Time Records, American, 1947 - 1953
Received by
Ray Charles, American, 1930 - 2004
African American
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Place used
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
ink on paper
11 x 8 1/2 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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