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    • Ray Charles - LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Actor Kyle Massey attends the unveiling of the new Ray Charles stamp at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, Calif, on Monday, September 23, 2013. The limited-edition stamp is part of the Music Icons stamp series and is available for sale starting today, on what would have been Ray's 83rd birthday, at post offices nationwide.
    • Ray Charles - LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Reverend Jesse Jackson; singer Chaka Khan, Ten-time GRAMMY Award-winning performer; Cliff Rucker, U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Sales; Valerie Ervin, Executive Director of the Ray Charles Foundation; Joe Adams, Ray Charles' former manager, Raye Charles Robinson, Jr., Ray Charles' son attend the unveiling of the new Ray Charles stamp at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, Calif, on Monday, September 23, 2013. The limited-edition stamp is part of the Music Icons stamp series and is available for sale starting today, on what would have been his 83rd birthday, at post offices nationwide.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: General view of at Morehouse College - Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on September 23, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: Morehouse College President Dr. John Silvanus Wilson and Jr attends the Ray Charles Forever Stamp launch at Morehouse College - Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on September 23, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23: Recording Artist Ashanti performs at the Ray Charles Forever Stamp launch at Morehouse College - Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on September 23, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 23, 2013:  In this handout provided by the U.S. Postal Service, a stamp with the likeness of musician Ray Charles is seen as part of the Music Icons Forever Stamps Series. On what would have been his 83rd birthday, the Ray Charles was inducted into the Postal Services Music Icons Forever Stamp Series. Chaka Khan will perform at the Los Angeles first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony and Ashanti will highlight the Atlanta event.
    • Ray Charles - CHICAGO, IL - JULY 30:  Former Chicago Sun-Times photographer Dom Najolia holds a picture of Ray Charles he took for the Sun-Times during a photo exhibit of images taken by the newspaper's former photography staff outside the Chicago Sun-Times' offices on July 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The pop-up protest, organzied by the Chicago Newspaper Guild, was held to mark the two-month anniversary since the newspaper fired its photography staff.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  LisaRaye McCoy, Travis Winfrey and Charity Shea the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Jackee Harry accepts the Excellence in Acting Award at the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  John Mayfield presents Corporate Executive of the Year Award at the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Dr. John Williams and Travis Randle present the  Pioneer of Education/Education Excellence Award  at the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Charity Shea and Avery Sunshine present the Excellence in Acting Award to Jackee Harry at the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Diamond Award winner for Entrepeneur of the Year, Mary Parker speaks at the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Shan Cooper, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics VP and GM accepts the Diamond Award winner for Corporate Excellence at the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Dantaya Williams, Director of Workforce Diversity at United Technologies attends the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Dorie Tuggle, President and CEO at Pearl Training Solutions attends the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Actor Brad James (right) and guest attend the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Gospel singer Annette Mae Thomas attends the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Model and TV personality Cynthia Bailey attends the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Ray Charles - ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17:  Diamond Award winner for Corporate Excellence, Ray Bishop, CEO of Goodwill Ind. attends the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on March 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the ...more


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