Ray Charles doesn’t suggest other blind people try it, but he has driven a car, a motorcycle and, in a jam, could land an airplane.

“I done all kinds of nutty things,” Charles told U.S. News and World Reports in an interview for editions that go on sale Monday. “I don’t recommend it because I don’t want other blind people to say if Ray Charles did it, I can do it, because I don’t want to cause anybody to get themselves killed.”The singer said he also once rode a motorcycle – “I know if I could see, I’d have me a Harley for sure” – on the old Mike Douglas television show in Philadelphia. The show blocked off a street for him.

“I know how to fly an airplane, too. I always had an attitude that anything that can kill me I want to know about,” the 66-year-old Charles said

Ray Charles Jr. says being blind never stopped his singing father from doing anything – even driving a car.

”I’ll never forget, my father had a ’63 Corvette, gorgeous car,” the younger Charles said in a PBS television program broadcast starting this week.

”He was at an intersection and he told the valet, ‘I want to drive my car home.’ And the guy said, ‘Mr. Charles, you know, this is an intersection.”’

The valet gave way when Charles reminded him who owned the car.

”So my father gets in the driver’s seat, and we’re all in the house, right, and we hear this bam. Come out, car is totaled. . . . My father jumps the clutch, pulls out in the intersection and just totals out the Corvette.”


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