Ray Charles Told Ronnie Milsap To Follow His Heart.

Guest Host David Greene's interview with musician Ronnie Milsap airs Saturday on Weekend Edition. Over the course of the almost hour-long conversation, Ronnie Milsap revealed much of himself: he was born blind and shunned by his mother, who believed his blindness was punishment from God. He was raised by his grandparents, learned Braille at the age of 6, and lost the last remnant of his sight after a blow from a teacher at school. Amazing stuff, all of it. And most of that will make its way onto the air this week. But one story, about how Ronnie Milsap met Ray Charles, and how the elder singer encouraged him to make music, to follow his heart, did not. Here's an excerpt of that section of the interview. It's worth a listen.

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Ray Charles Told Ronnie Milsap To Follow His Heart



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