Watching an A&E Biography of Ray Charles this evening, they noted that Ray Charles played at the 1984 Republican National Convention that nominated Reagan for re-election. This naturally displeased some of the professional civil rights establishment.
This tickles me just because the idea of it surely rankles the more strident pinkos. Just associating Ray Charles and Ron Reagan in the same sentence hurts the more righteous. Yet, the most exalted brother in the world gladly played for Reagan’s big re-nomination coronation. Not even at the Kennedy Center where you could claim it was the office not the man, Ray played at the absolute most political function. Ha, eat that, liberals!
Even better, it was no act of sucking up to the Republicans or even any endorsement of the president. As he explained, the Democrats had wanted him to play, but they wouldn’t come up with the money. Ray Charles, businessman. God love him.
Most of all, this represents a certain willful, fierce independent spirit about Ray that I particularly appreciate. Record country music? Ray’s folly, ha! He’ll shoot heroin if he wants, or play for Republicans knowing how bad it’s going to cheese a bunch of people off.
Rock on with your bad rebel self, Brother Ray.