I had the honor to work with Ray for a number of years. I still can't believe he's gone; he was so "alive" to us. You've read elsewhere (or heard my lectures) about some of my adventures with Ray. Have any of you ever met him? Any good stories? What is your all-time favorite RAY CHARLES RECORDING; either Atlantic, ABC-Paramount, Impulse or Tangerine? (mine at the moment is LONELY AVENUE, released on Atlantic, recorded at Capitol, NYC). Here is an old snap of me, DCC's Bobby Roberts (one of the founders of the original Dunhill Records), Brother Ray and DCC's President Marshall Blonstein back in 1989 at Ray's birthday party. (I'm shocked at my hair mop). One of the highlights of my life was on this night when I walked in the door of this big crowded hotel ballroom for his birthday with my date and on the other side of the room Ray's "man" Dave Simmons caught sight of me and whispered in Ray's ear something like "Steve Hoffman is here". I didn't know at the time what Dave said to him but Ray immediately got a big smile on his face and instructed Dave to walk him over to me. He bypassed about 80 people who wanted to shake his hand to get over to me and I was overjoyed and flattered (my date was impressed as well). When Ray did the Tonight Show in 1988 Bobby Roberts and I rushed over there to give Johnny Carson a Dunhill Compact Classics "Ray Charles' Greatest Hits" CD to hold up when he introduced Ray. Our CD sales shot up after that; remember, we had the ONLY Ray Charles CD in print at that time. That was awesome, watching the Tonight Show from the sidelines. I got to spend some time with Ray in the "Green Room" and he was relaxed and cool as a cucumber before going on. A thrill for me was during Christmas 1987 walking in to a giant record store to witness three people actually fighting over the last copy of the DCC Ray in the store. One guy was begging for it. Amazing. At any rate, I miss Ray.