Ray Charles evidently is a hero of Van Morrison. in this song he refers to Ray Charles as "The high priest." Van Morrison has referred to Ray Charles in other compositions of his. In "These Dreams of You" from Moondance
(1970), the lyric goes, "And Ray Charles was shot down." Also in "Got to Go Back" from No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
(1986), some of the words are "I used to gaze out my classroom window and dream, and then go home and listen to Ray sing."
Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above