On this day in 1961, before a show in Indianapolis, Ray Charles was arrested when marijuana and heroin were found in his hotel room. Charges were dropped on a technicality, but his drug problems were far from over. Charles, then only 31 years old, claimed that he had been addicted to drugs since the age of 16.
“I’m Black, I’m blind, I once fooled around with drugs, but all of it was like going to school – and I’ve tried to be a good student. I don’t regret a damn thing,” Charles would later say.