Against All Odds: The Remarkable Life Story of Eddie Ray by Eddie Ray,Barbara Hall PDF

By Eddie Ray,Barbara Hall

He used to be no longer a musician, but spent a few 60 years within the advertisement track enterprise starting as a inventory boy and emerging to turn into the nation’s first African-American government of a tremendous list corporation. The grandson of a former slave, Eddie Ray takes you from the agricultural foothills of the good Smoky Mountains to the head government suites of the burgeoning song of the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties. You’ll get a desirable behind-the-scenes examine the tune company and the way Ray turned an impressive strength in aiding form that dynamic undefined. beginning as a inventory boy for Decca files in Milwaukee, Wisconsin whilst he was once 18 years previous, Ray ultimately rose to turn into vice chairman of Capitol-Tower documents in Hollywood, California, on the time one of many most sensible significant list businesses within the united states, the 1st African-American in the sort of decision-making position. yet ahead of this best publish, Ray was once first a rare list revenues and promotions guy whom pals nonetheless describe at the present time as having “an ear for what might sell.” examine the impression he had at the careers of stars resembling Ricky Nelson, fat Domino, Allen Toussaint, Ernie Freeman, Mike slash, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Sandy Nelson, or even red Floyd. Ray went directly to discovered one of many first advertisement track faculties within the nation and thus was once appointed by way of President Ronald Reagan to function a Commissioner of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Tribunal in Washington, DC. jam-packed with own encounters with remarkable names, tune movers and shakers, and a few notorious personalities, this publication will make you snigger, shake your head in disbelief, and extra importantly examine what it took to put the root for well known tune. child Boomers specifically will get pleasure from this publication that would evoke emotions of nostalgia as they suspect again to the place they have been whilst yes songs of the early Rock and Roll period turned hits. they are going to be eager about Eddie Ray’s reference to the good fortune of not just mega-stars yet names they won't instantly realize, yet whose works they definitely will. song historians will delight in studying approximately Ray, one other “national treasure” who should be extra to the “untold tales” of influential African americans. African american citizens can be encouraged by way of Ray’s quest to open doorways, braveness to wreck racial limitations, and audacity to disregard the established order. Even tune scholars will locate this publication relaxing as they examine the folks who laid the root for the song enterprise today.

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