Byline: DEREK MALCOLM
152 mins ***
RAY CHARLES became a legend long before he died. But legends are difficult to encompass in film - there's either too much to say about their long and often difficult careers, or too little you can possibly discover about the roots of musical genius.
Taylor Hackford's film is indeed long, yet leaves Ray's 50-year-old career halfway through, at the point where the State of Georgia issued a formal apology for banning the singer because he had refused to play to segregated audiences, and declared Georgia On My Mind the official state song. And it still doesn't explain quite what made the man …