I can't believe it's already been 50 years since I scored "In the Heat of the Night!" I must be getting young ((:0)) We recently celebrated with a screening for the @tcmfilmfest & it made my soul smile to see my long time friends who all worked on the film together...Sydney Poitier, Norman Jewison, Walter Mirisch, Lee Grant, and so many others. I'll never forget...Alan & Marilyn Bergman had just finished the lyrics to the theme song, and Norman asked who we should get to sing it. I knew my childhood friend, Ray Charles, would be the right fit, so I called Ray, and then he asked to see the movie before he committed. So, we played the sound for him and right as Sydney slapped Rod Steiger, Ray stopped right in his tracks and asked, "did the black character just hit the white character?" We told him he was right and then he stood up and shouted "MAXIMUM GREENS, MAN! MAXIMUM GREENS!" We had no idea what that meant, but we was such a cool dude that we just agreed! 😂 I had Ray accompanied by the Raelettes on background vocals, bass performed by Ray Brown, and the Hammond B-3 performed by Billy Preston. Doesn't get any better!