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Topic - Ray Charles
A "Chakalaka" experience awaits the audience when musician Ellis Hall brings his "big old box of crayons" to the Kennedy Center for a festive New Year's Eve concert of soul, R&B and Motown memories. He will share the stage with conductor Steven Reineke and the National Symphony Orchestra.
The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add soul singer Ray Charles to its “Music Icons Forever” stamp series. Postal officials say the agency is releasing a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native on Monday along with one of the artist’s previously unreleased songs.
The Ray Charles Foundation is demanding the return of a $3 million gift given to Albany State University a decade ago because the organization says the college has yet to use the money to build a performing arts center in the late artist's name.
On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ray Charles has joined the likes of past presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan with his own namesake library in Southern California.
When Charles lost his sight as a child, his ears became his eyes, he said, and he dedicated himself to music, eventually blending genres and breaking down barriers both social and musical.
By singing 'Minnie the Moocher,' a swinging lament for an opium addict he had written a half-century earlier.