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Librarian Tim Dodge will discuss African-American covers of country music before Ray Charles on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the ground floor auditorium of the RBD Library.

Charles released his album “Modern Sounds in Country & Western” in 1962. It is considered a milestone and regarded as the first successful attempt of an African-American artist to record music that was first recorded by a country artist. However, Dodge will provide samples of these works prior to Charles.

Dodge will provide a historical overview of the phenomenon and will explore both the prevalence and significance of this recording activity. Brief musical examples will be provided to help illustrate this little-known aspect of African-American musical recording history.

The talk is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and Auburn University Libraries. Refreshments will be served after the talk.