Saturday, 13 March 2010


Maybe everyone knows this but me, but despite researching in Statesboro GA many times for my McTell book (and being there again just last October) no-one has ever mentioned to me that Ray Charles' leading Raelette, Margie Hendricks / Hendrix was born in Statesboro. But apparently so: and today is the 75th anniversary of her birth. (Her birthdate is sometimes given incorrectly as March 3, 1939: it's March 13, 1935.) Ms Hendrix had been one of the three original members of the Cookies, before joinging Ray Charles' backing group. She died in 1973. She is portrayed with deserved prominence in the recording-studio scenes in the biopic Ray.

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