Exclusive: Stream Unheard Ray Charles Performances

In Aimee Levitt's profile on Marci Soto, who wrote a memoir about her relationship with Ray Charles titled Ray & Me, she noted that Soto taped a lot of her correspondence and casual times with the music legend. The author was kind enough to share some of these tapes with A to Z. Below, please take a listen to some unheard Ray Charles performances/recordings. Before each, Soto gives a brief description of what we're about to hear.

Charles playing a piano piece which Soto's daughter was practicing. This one in particular is goosebump-inducing.

Marci Soto singing "Crying Time," a hit for Charles in 1966

Charles and Soto harmonizing on the same song:

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