Music to me is like breathing. I don’t get tired of breathing, I don’t get tired of music.
There’s nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, If you believe in Me, you ain’t going to have no troubles.
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
I do Jazz, Blues, Country and so forth. I do them all like a good utility man.
What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.
I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
My version of Georgia became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.
I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.
Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.
I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t been able to hear.
My music had roots which I’d dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
The fact of the matter is, you don’t give up what’s natural. Anything I’ve fantasized about, I’ve done.
There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities.
Music’s been around a long time, and there’s going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it’s a big record, that’s the frosting on the cake, but music’s the main meal.
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