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#1 Posted on 10.6.04 1437.33
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CNN Headline News and the Associated Press report today that Ray Charles, legendary blind musician, has died. More details as they come.

More details (Yahoo! News)

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#2 Posted on 10.6.04 1444.23
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AP says he was surrounded by family and friends when he passed away this morning. He was 73.

Murph: Tell me a little about this electric piano, Ray.
Ray: Ah, you have a good eye, my man. That's the best in the city of Chicago.
Jake: How much?
Ray: 2000 bucks and it's yours. You can take it home with you. As a matter of fact, I'll throw in the black keys for free.

I didn't even realize he was ill.
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#3 Posted on 10.6.04 1513.20
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I just bought his Best Of CDs last weekend. They include covers of "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby" that are unique, bluesy and all Brother Ray. A master performer and showman, one of thos few that can turn any song into his.

Could anyone else invest so much soul into "It Ain't Easy Being Green"? I'm not even kidding. One of the best of the 20th century.
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#4 Posted on 10.6.04 1543.42
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I cant believe he was only 73. Sad day indeed. His rendition of America The Beautiful will always be one of my favorite versions of any patriotic song.

RIP Ray, thanks for the memories.
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#5 Posted on 10.6.04 1555.31
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Wow. Ray Charles was my first real concert I ever went to. That is sad. Rest in peace.
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#6 Posted on 10.6.04 1749.30
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Johnny Cash, now Ray Charles.

The soul of American music is dying.
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#7 Posted on 10.6.04 1855.14
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I loved Ray Charles. He would work with anyone in any musical genre. I agree with Eddie, Cash and Ray are too big a loss for music. Hopeful we don't lose Dylan anytime soon.
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#8 Posted on 11.6.04 0807.43
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    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
    Johnny Cash, now Ray Charles.

    The soul of American music is dying.

That's exactly what I thought. It's pretty sad.
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