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04 November 2014

I'm So Tired Of Waiting (With Gladys Knight) (?)

Unreleased.

Ray and Larry in 2000,
at the House of Blues.
Stories like this are often not true, but who knows...: "One day he called (it was on a Wednesday) and said he wanted to record a song I wrote called I'm So Tired Of Waiting that he had in mind to record with Gladys Knight. He said he needed an additional verse by Saturday. By Saturday I had five new verses for him to select from. The song did not make it onto his album Just Between Friends [i.e. Just Between Us; Ray and Gladys recorded a duet on I Wish I'd Never Loved You At All]. I was very disappointed but was told through reliable sources that the song was recorded. My hope now is that one day it will surface along with some of the other tunes he had expressed interest in. However, I am still proud of the fact that Ray Charles took an interest in my songs. One of my highlights was after one of his performances at Hollywood's House of Blues [on October 2, 2000], I was invited backstage and he and I ended up singing the chorus of one of his songs together," songwriter Larry Buford recalled in this story.

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