Ray (I) (2004)
Richard Schiff: Jerry Wexler
Jerry Wexler : Ahmet believes we're family here at Atlantic Records. I believe we're family at Atlantic. Obviously you don't. Ahmet wouldn't believe it. You know what he said, Ray? He said you would never turn your back on us. Never for a schlockmeister like Sam Clark. Ha! That's rich. Sam Clark's a corporate slug who wouldn't know the difference between Earl Hines and Art Tatum! We let you grow here, Ray. Nobody's taking credit for your talent, but we nourished it. We let you do your thing. Goddamn it, we deserve better than this.
Ray Charles : You know that I appreciate everything you guys have done here, Jerry. Ahmet, I'm very proud of the work we've done here together and Atlantic has done pretty good moneywise on my records, haven't they?
Ahmet Ertegun : Yes, we've done very well, Ray.
Ray Charles : You're the ones who taught me that making a record is business and find the best business deal that you can. Now seventy-five cents of every dollar and owning my own masters is a pretty damn good deal. Can you match it?
Ahmet Ertegun : Ray we would love to match it, but we just can't. That's a better deal than Sinatra gets... I'm very proud of you.
Jerry Wexler : Ruth Brown's got a tour booked in Georgia. She needs a band.
Ray Charles : I'll take it. I could write the charts for her, I could do backup, and I could also be an opening act.
Ahmet Ertegun : Okay. But you're gonna be financially responsible. You're gonna have to make it work, Ray.
Ray Charles : Yeah, yeah. I'm gonna make it do what it do, baby.