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  • "I'm especially excited to welcome New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center because we're going to 'soulify' the hall and celebrate together," vocalist Ellis Hall says. (Associated Press)

    Ellis Hall brings 'big old box of crayons' to ring in the new year

    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.

  • Shown is a new Postal Service stamp, part of the Music Icons series, honoring musician Ray Charles. (AP Photo/The U.S. Postal Service)

    U.S. Postal Service to honor Ray Charles with new stamp

    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.

  • Ray Charles Foundation wants $3 million gift back

    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.

  • In this Sept. 23, 2010 photo, Sam Moore, left, and Norman Lear pose together at the official opening of The Ray Charles Memorial Library in Los Angeles. The library is located on the ground floor of the Los Angeles building Charles designed for his offices and recording studio. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    Ray Charles Memorial Library opens in L.A.

    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.

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  • 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.

    Ray Charles Memorial Library opens in L.A. →

  • By singing 'Minnie the Moocher,' a swinging lament for an opium addict he had written a half-century earlier.

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