Favorite Ray Quotes
I'll show you how to do something once, I'll help you if you mess up twice, but the third time you're on your own. 'Cause that's how it is in the world.Aretha Robinson
Della Bea Robinson: If only your mama was here.
Ray Charles: She's here. She ain't never left.
Ray Charles: Ms. Antoine, it's been two weeks.
Della Bea Robinson: It's been three.
Jack Lauderdale: Hey, Baby. You sound more like Nat than the King himself. What's your name?
Ray Charles: Ray Robinson.
Jack Lauderdale: Ray Robinson. I'm Jack Lauderdale, Swingtime records.
Ray Charles: Hey, Jack! How you doin'!
Jack Lauderdale: How 'bout us making a record together?
Ray Charles: Oh, hell yes! Let's do that.
Marlene: Ray, what did I tell you about cooking in the dark? Are you trying to burn the house down?
Ray Charles: Think about it, Marlene, what do I need the light for?
Marlene: Well, you don't need to be cooking anyway. We brought you take out from Oscar's.
Ray Charles: Well, get your money back. I got fried chicken right here. Come on, 7-0, try this.
Quincy Jones: Yeah, it's about time.
Ray Charles: Yeah, that's home cooked right there.
[Listening to the trumpet playing] Ah, c'mon, Q, it's not that complicated. Now let's just play it again. That's a B-flat, C-7th, scale it up and triple off the back end.Ray Charles
Ray Charles: [Responding to knock] Who is it?
Ahmet Ertegun: Mr. Charles, my name is Ahmet Ertegun. May I have a moment of your time?
Ray Charles: What do you want? I'm at church.
Ahmet Ertegun: I'm sorry. I'll come back later.
Ray Charles: You're here now, what do you want?
Ahmet Ertegun: Mr. Charles, my company, Atlantic Records, has just acquired your contract from Swingtime. I'd like to discuss your future.
Ray Charles: Hold on, man. Don't jive me now. I ain't for sale.
Ahmet Ertegun: May I sit down?
Ahmet Ertegun: You see, Mr. Charles, it seems that Jack Lauderdale has found himself, shall we say, a little over extended and has had to unload some of his talent. When your name came up I jumped at the chance to work with you. I'm a big fan.
Ray Charles: What if I want to go to another company? There's a guy out there right now that'll pay me seven cents a record. Can you do that?
Ahmet Ertegun: Man, I could promise you fifteen cents a record but you won't get it. Anymore than he'll pay you seven. What I will do is promise you five cents a record and pay you five cents a record. You think pennies, Mr. Charles, you get pennies. You think dollars, you get dollars.
Ray Charles: I like the way you put things together. Omlet, you're alright with me.
Ahmet Ertegun: Ahmet.
Ray Charles: Ahmet. What kind of a name is that anyway.
Ahmet Ertegun: I'm Turkish.
Ray Charles: You see I saw Jack Lauderdale tonight and he gave me a $500.00 advance on my record. He also said he'd put me on the road with Lowell Folsum and pay me three times as much as you been paying me.
Marlene: Now, that's a lie!
Gossie McKee: Ain't no way he's gonna put some blind man on the road. Think about it! I mean, you need watchin' out for and he ain't got to time to look after you the way I been lookin' after you.
Ray Charles: Is that what you been doing, Gossie, watchin' out for me? Is that why you get paid double what I do?
Gossie McKee: Who told you that?
Ray Charles: Well, it's true, ain't it. You and Marlene been gamin' me since I got here.
Marlene: Ray, baby, listen.
Ray Charles: Ain't got to listen to you!
Joe Adams: [showing Ray and his wife their new mansion in L.A.] This foyer is designed to impress anybody who walks in the door. There's a big winding staircase, just like "Gone With The Wind."
Ray Charles: [to his wife] We should get our portraits painted, like Rhett and Scarlett.