"Maybe I put together two things that hadn't been put together before, but...give credit to the church singers and the bluesmen who I got it from. I got enough credit. Let people know that it didn't come from me. It came from before me."
--Ray Charles, to biographer David Ritz
Ritz, David. "Last Words of Brother Ray: At the End of His Life, Charles Set Out to Put the Record Straight." Rolling Stone magazine, July 8-22, 2004, p. 98.