Ray Charles, who began on the R&B circuit in the early fifties, ran into the gospel groups on the road.
‘When it came to pure heart singing, they were mother*****s,’ he said.
‘When it came to pure sex, they were wilder than me – and that’s saying something. In those days I had a thing for orgies, but I had to be the only cat in the room with two or three chicks.
‘The gospel people didn’t think that way. The cats liked it with the cats and the chicks liked it with the chicks and no one minded mixing it up this way or that.
‘I got a kick outta seeing how God’s people were going for it hard and heavy every which way. I was just surprised to see how loose they were’.
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