Musicians, particularly older musicians, live wild lives. Admittedly, a lot of the best stories come from rock musicians and country musicians — Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus is all about the latter — but musicians from other genres lived just as wildly. Not every story ended happily — like that of the Ray Charles heroin struggle — but even some of the sadder stories can be strangely entertaining.
Case in point, the story Quincy Jones told GQ about watching the unique Ray Charles heroin injection method. In the GQ article, Jones was asked about Charles’ heroin addiction. Jones replied:
Oh, please — [Ray Charles] went 30 years with heroin, and then the police told him he couldn’t get his license to play clubs unless he stops. And he did, and the 32 clubs gave him the licenses back. And then he started on black coffee and Dutch Bols [Genever] gin for 25 years.