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by Mildred Europa Taylor, at 05:00 am, September 23, 2018, History

5 interesting facts you should know about soul music legend Ray Charles

Ray Charles lighting his cigarette — Pinterest

Tried drugs

He first tried drugs when he played in the McSon Trio. Charles believed that drugs could make musicians more creative so he first experimented with marijuana and later heroin. He struggled with this for about 16 years.

In 1965 at the peak of his career, Charles took a year-long break to overcome the heroin addiction after he was arrested on drug charges.

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