Friday, March 04, 2005

CRIMEWATCH: Police in LA have announced they've got hold of a bunch of Ray Charles tapes. Terry Howard has been charged with grand theft after cops found the stash of tapes which they claim he stole by taking advantage of Charles being both blind and in declining health during the last years of his life.

Howard - who last month got a share of the Genius Loves Company Grammy action - denies any wrongdoing. His lawyer suggests that what the police believe are mastertapes are, in fact, nothing more than copies:

"He did not have original master recordings. He had copies, and he had every right to have them," [Steve] Cron told Reuters. "Sound engineers routinely take home material and work in their home studios, and that's what Terry did."

Apparently, it's people in the Ray Charles estate stirring up trouble.

The police, on the other hand, are certain the water-damaged and mouldy boxes at Howard's house are the real deal.

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