Roy spins a few treasures found in a Bellingham antique shop, like this early, scarce 1949 Ray Charles promo 78

Here’s a rare promo copy of the third 78 recorded by the Maxim Trio, featuring Ray Charles, from 1949. Ray did six singles with the group before setting out on his own. Ray reveals his Charles Brown/Nat King Cole influences on this record and wouldn’t find his own sound until he signed with Atlantic in 1952.

We first heard this gem on the November 30/15 edition of Roy’s Record Room.