JP: I went to see Ray Charles playing in what is now called The Apollo in Hammersmith , never seen him before oddly enough, and the evening started off with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley you know J.B.’s stuff and it was kind of alright you know. They did a very convincing Pony which I’ve not since danced on the London stage in quite a few years but it was sort of polite you know, really. And the responses of an audience drenched in expensive aftershave were fairly predictable to be honest. They sort of whooped in the places where you were supposed to whoop and it was all that kind of conditioned response thing which I find most irritating. But Ray Charles is really very strange indeed. As I say I’d never seen him performing live before and he seems to reduce the kind of vocals that he does just to sort of noises; it was quiet interesting in an avant garde sort of way. He had a very good band, you know twenty of them banging away but his singing was very strange indeed. Most interesting. Perhaps he’s always done it like that I don’t know, but I thoroughly enjoyed it I must say.
JP: “I am sure it’s a much longer piece actually in the film although that theoretically is from the soundtrack of The Blues Brothers which I still watch every three or four months just to reassure myself really and the high point of it has to be of course the Aretha Franklin bit for those of you familiar with the film though I can’t believe that any of you are not actually, but the Aretha Franklin bit is just sublime but the Ray Charles bit is pretty good as well, comes second I think, where they have everybody dancing all these things like the swim and the bird and the shake and the shing-a-ling I think on some kind of motorway overpass, from memory"
JP: And I apologize for the moment of disorder following the news. At least now you know the programs are love if nothing else. You caught me with a mouthful or biscuit when the CD didn’t start properly.
JP: They are all on the Jettison label from North Carolina and I am going to play them all of a lump unless I make a mistake in which case I will speak in between them. They came in during the week and I put them on in the order I am going to play them in fact. And each one I thought “this is really good” and then the next one “this is incredible” and then the third one is actually the best of the lot, and they’re all pretty neat to be honest with you.