Posts Tagged ‘Ray Charles’

Happy Birthday, Ray Charles

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

He was the Genius of Soul.

But he was so much more than just a soul singer. He cut an immense swath across American musical genres from R&B to country to rock to soul to pop and beyond.

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Ray Charles:

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RAY CHARLES’ “Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection”

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

ray(Concord Records, 2009): There’s nothing new here – no lost tracks found, no unreleased alternate versions, no forgotten nuggets unearthed from deep inside the vault. Instead, you get what you came for – a 21-song collection of Ray Charles’ greatest hits spanning the years from 1955 (“I’ve Got a Woman”) to 1972 (“America the Beautiful”). It is, of course, truly magnificent, timeless music, and if your collection is lacking in Ray Charles titles, then this is a great addition. Calling him “the Genius of Soul” is too limiting. Let’s face it, like Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash and too few others, Ray Charles simply made American music.

Genius! – The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection

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