The library/museum contains seven galleries on the ground floor of a two-story building that Charles had built in 1964. The building not only houses his offices and archive of master tapes and memorabilia, but also a recording studio.
Access to The Library is by appointment only.
Ray Charles Library, Museum and Recording Studio
2107 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90006
A friend just went there recently and said it is great. So I’ll be going soon.
Visited with my dance class. It was the most fun tour; soulful music, interactive stations, and I learned something more about the late great Ray Charles. I am planning a trip with other friends.
A very close friend who was a member of Ray’s orchestra (Donald Garcia) who played alto sax, had just come back from a long international tour and asked me to drive him to the RPM studios for a business-related visit.
As we were coming out of the car, Ray and his valet were coming to the parking lot.
My friend Don said hello to the man and to my total amazement, Ray responded: “Hi Don!!” I said amazement because HE must have had dozens of employees and I was told that, amongst all the other “God given gifts” also had that particular one, the talent to identify the voices of his musicians.
Dan and I walked to greet him and at that moment my friend introduced me and I will NEVER forget how he greeted me saying: “Hello Rocky, great to know you”.
That is one of my favorite anecdotes of my entire life. Having met the Great Ray Charles.