"The Father Of Soul Music", who pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s and contributed to the integration of country and pop music during the 1960s, was no stranger to the perils of marijuana #Prohibition.
The American singer first tried marijuana when he played in "McSon Trio" and was eager to try it as he thought it helped musicians create music and tap into their #Creativity.
"The Genius Of Soul", who passed away 15 years ago today, was busted twice for possessing #Marijuana, so it's no surprise that people assumed his bluesy 1966 hit "Let's Go Get Stoned" was about smoking a joint.
Let's Go Get Stoned
"The Genius of Soul" went to rehab in 1965 after 16 years of addiction and the bluesy hit was released shortly after his released from rehab. Most listeners assumed the hit was about #Cannabis, but maybe the song was about drinking alcohol.
As the word "Stoned" is synonymous with getting high, but it could also mean being drunk. And that seems to be what the song's about since it doesn't make any reference to bongs, pipes or joints, and the lyrics do mention liquor.
Even though the song is about drinking, it still has a cannabis connection, as it influenced Bob Dylan's #Stoner anthem, according to biographer "Philippe Margotin", who claims that Dylan was inspired to write "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" after he heard "Let's Go Get Stoned" playing on a jukebox in Los Angeles.
As there's a difference between the long song that sounds good when high and the thoughtful music that supports the values of the marijuana, and every movement needs good music to rally around, I believe "Let's Go Get Stoned" is one of the tracks that make the best kind of argument for marijuana #Legalization, that can be used as Legalization Anthem.
The Genius of Soul (Sep 23, 1930 – Jun 10, 2004)
Ray Charles Robinson is generally regarded as one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. The multitalented musician has seen both artistic and commercial success, surmounting personal tragedy to become an exceptional singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and bandleader.
He has also proven himself the master of almost every conceivable musical style, ranging from jazz and rhythm-and-blues to pop, rock, and even country-and-western. But in a career that has thus far spanned four decades, he remains best known as "The Genius of Soul", the man who fused gospel with rhythm-and-blues to create an entirely new style of black popular music.
When he was young, he was interested in mechanical objects, often looking at neighbors repairing cars and machines. His musical side rose when he was 3 years old, at Wylie Pitman's cafe, Red Wing Cafe, when Pitman sang boogie woogie on an old piano; Then Pitman began to teach Charles how to play the piano. Charles and his mother were always welcome at the Red Wing Cafe and even lived here during times of financial difficulty.
He started to lose his sight at the age of four, and was blind by the age of seven, apparently as a result of glaucoma. Destitute, uneducated, and mourning the loss of her younger son, "Aretha Robinson" used her connections in the local community to find a school that would accept a blind African-American pupil. Despite his initial protest, Charles attended the Florida School of Survivors from 1937 to 1945.
At school he continues to polish his musical talent by learning to play the classical music of J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. His teacher, Mrs. Lawrence taught him how to read braille music, a difficult process that involves learning left-hand movements and reading right-hand braille, and then learning the right-hand movements while reading left-handed braille and finally combining the two parts.
He smoked #Weed since the age of 16 and later became addicted to heroin for sixteen years. He was first arrested on November 14, 1961, while waiting in an Indiana hotel room before a performance. The detectives seized marijuana, heroin and other items. The case was continued until Jan 30, 1962 after Charles’ attorney contended that the arrest in an Indianapolis hotel suite was improper, and was dismissed because of the manner in which the evidence was obtained.
He was arrested again for possession of marijuana and heroin, in 1964. He received five years' probation for his crime. He responded of his weed use and reform with the songs "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Let's Go Get Stoned".
He also has a strain named after him. It is potent indica that will lull you into rest and relaxation like the sweet voice of the Genius himself. For this reason, his strain is best for bedtime or late-night unwinding. So if you're able to pick up a few grams of it, put this on right before blazing.
Charles In Indianapolis Municipal Court Jan 30, 1962
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