June 11, 2004

Ray Charles Goes Silent

POST #    1099

Since we're all sitting under this Reagan-passing induced haze, it's easy to miss news on Ray Charles passing away yesterday at the age of 73. This morning, after looking at the cover of The Times, I thought to myself, "at least he's on the front page and not just in the obituaries." Then I was going to just post a link to this in the Little Read Links, but then I realized that relegating Mr. Charles to that section would be like ushering his death to the obituaries.

Sadly, I never saw Mr. Charles in person, but seeing him perform on any stage was always great - except that "Wild, Wild West" performance on the MTV Music Awards the best perfomances being his renditions of "America the Beautiful".

- NY Times: Ray Charles, Bluesy Essence of Soul, Is Dead at 73
- CNN: Ray Charles dead at 73: Influential singer, pianist called 'the Genius'

Posted by tien mao in Concerts/Music at 9:13 AM



He was the greatest - truly. The rest of us have to work endlessly towards finally producing a single moment of spontaneous musical creativity. From Ray Charles, it just issued forth, always ...

Posted by: Oscar at June 11, 2004 10:00 AM

Ray Charles wasn't at the Wild Wild West performance on MTV! That was Stevie Wonder!

Posted by: Pedro Escobar at June 11, 2004 11:24 AM

hahaha, whoops!

Posted by: tien at June 11, 2004 11:26 AM

Oh Tien! Lumping all blind, black musicians into one group now are we?

Posted by: joe at June 12, 2004 12:13 PM

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