RAY CHARLES & BOBBY WOMACK:

When Bobby Womack played guitar in Ray Charles' band, he roomed with fellow bandmate, Curtis Aimey.  When they were on tour, Curtis always wanted the motel window wide open, even in winter.  Curtis would push it open, Bobby would close it.  It got so bad, Bobby couldn't sleep with the cold wind blowing in the room.  They had terrible fights about it. 

One afternoon, Ray listened to one of their arguments, he cut in and told them he didn't want to hear no more about it.  Bobby continued arguing, Ray said, 'I don't want to have to tell you again.' Bobby said, 'Everybody wants to be my daddy.  When I was in Sam Cooke's band, they all tried to be my daddy.  Now, I'm in another motherf***ing band and it's the same shit. Ray Charles is now my daddy.  But no one is telling me what to do.

Ray angrily responded, 'Now, I'm going to slap you if you say one more word.  You will get the worst whupping of your life.  Bobby stood up and said, 'Well, if you slap me they are gong to say it was terrible how that young boy whupped that blind man.  He didn't see the punches coming.' 

Ray didn't like that. I added, 'If you slap me, you won't be able to slap nobody else.'  Ray was silent for a moment. Then he said, 'You're fired.'  I said, 'Man, I ain't fired.  No sir, I quit.'  I got off the plane, went home and didn't speak to him for a week. But thinking about the money, I called him to apologize.  Ray said, Bobby, I respect you for apologizing and then he hung up.

I never saw or heard from Ray Charles again.

Source: "Midnight Mover" by Bobby Womack.

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