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Margie Hendricks in Ray 2004
Kept Woman (Mistress) to Ray Charles
Margie Hendricks (surname sometimes spelled Hendrix) was the lead singer of Ray Charles backing group, the Raelets. Ray was a married man at the time, and Margie became his kept woman (mistress). The definition of a kept woman is someone “who is provided a comfortable (or even lavish) lifestyle by a wealthy man, in exchange for being available for sex.” That would seem to fit the bill when describing Margie’s partnership with Ray.
She would even give birth to Ray’s child, a son. But it was a volatile relationship. Ray had a Heroin addiction, while Margie would hit the bottle. Soon she would become addicted to drugs herself. It all came to a head in 1964 when Margie got fired from the Raelets, after an argument with Ray. Despite this setback, Margie plowed ahead, continuing her singing career. Margie died in 1973; some say of a heroin overdose, though there has never been any official confirmation if that was the case.
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