Ray & Me is the story of Marci Soto and Ray Charles, two unlikely individuals who, by sheer luck and determination, started a love affair that lasted almost thirty years. Marci, now in her early 70's was a beautiful young woman who bore a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor. Still attractive, and looking much younger than her years, Marci tells the story of how she fell desperately in love with Ray Charles long before she ever met him. She fell in love with his voice and his music first, then saw him on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and fell in love with him. With a series of improbable phone calls to Los Angeles and a remarkable stroke of luck, she actually reached his manager, and through him, spoke to Ray Charles on the phone. They arranged to meet, and that was the beginning of the great Ray Charles' thirty-year love affair with a woman who lived in a cozy little house in the quaint town of Kirkwood, Missouri. Interwoven in the book as she tells her story are excerpts about her marriage to Henry Soto, a man who, when drinking would often beat and abuse her. Although she was separated from him when she met Ray Charles, he was still domineering and controlling, making her live in fear that he would discover her secret affair. Marci takes us through these terrifying times to protect herself and her two little daughters from a life she had grown to hate. Included in the book are 8 pages of photographs taken throughout her years with Ray. These photographs capture the intimate, loving relationship that Marci and her daughters shared with Ray. Many of the facts, time lines and dialogues are taken from over forty taped phone conversations with Ray recorded over the thirty-year time span of their love affair. From her years in St. Louis, Missouri to her life in New Orleans spent with an abusive man with strong ties to the New Orleans underworld. Ray and Me is an intriguing story that will capture the hearts and minds of readers everywhere.
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Book Description Monograph Publishing, LLC, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0979948274
Book Description Monograph Publishing, LLC, 2011. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110979948274