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BLOOMINGDALE’S? RAY CHARLES’LL PLAY IF THEY PAY

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A reporter had the sagacity the other day to ask Bob Abrams, whose enviable job it is to serve as spokesguy for musical great Ray Charles, why Brother Ray had agreed to perform at the grand opening of a Bloomingdale's in Skokie, Ill.

"If you pay him, he plays," Bob explained. "If you don't pay him, he won't play."Noting that this formulation is almost Einsteinian in its elegance, we move along.

- Roger Anderson

(Scripps Howard News Service)