Offered for sale is an original 1959 mono pressing of What’d I Say by Ray Charles, autographed by Charles on the back cover.
About this copy: This original mono pressing of What’d I Say comes from our personal collection. It was acquired in the mid-1980s from the estate of a former nightclub owner in Dallas, Texas. This club frequently had popular jazz, blues and pop artists perform there, and the owner routinely had every artist sign a copy of their latest album for him. Nearly every album in the collection was a new and virtually unplayed first pressing. We had quite a few pieces from this collection at one time, and kept a handful of titles for our own collection.
There seem to be several different styles of autographs from Charles, but the earliest ones we’ve seen were printed. We’ve seen some later ones in a polished cursive; those may have been signed on Charles’ behalf by members of his staff.
You can see a photo of another autographed LP we saw for sale a few years back with a similar signature.
The cover of this LP is M-, aside from trace wear at a couple of corners and a minor corner bend on the upper right.
Charles has printed his name on the back in ball point pen. As you might expect from a blind man, the printing isn’t particularly tidy.
The disc is the original 1959 mono issue on the short-lived (and awesome) white/purple/red Atlantic “bullseye” label that they apparently used only on 1959 issues.
The disc is M- and appears to be virtually unplayed.
A nice copy of a legendary LP and a rare opportunity to own a Ray Charles autograph.
Background: What’d I Say was Ray Charles breakthrough album, and his first LP to reach the Billboard charts, peaking at #17. The single sold several million copies, reached #1 on the R&B charts and #6 on the Hot 100, and became one of the biggest-selling singles in Atlantic Records’ history.
You can listen to the title track here:
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|Year of Release:||1959|