sitting over a thin rib steak, the way Fathead Newman liked them, in a restaurant on a Canadian tour. Fathead was talking to us about his many years with Ray Charles, which he spoke about on many occasions over the years. This time he related a recent incident in which Ray came to New York to play Carnegie Hall with his band and he called Fathead to say hey and chat. Fathead asked him to put his name at the door and Ray declined, giving him some lame excuse. Fathead looked at us and said “Ray Charles was the cheapest blind motherfucker I ever knew!” …..old friends are fun…