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 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.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Wow. Ray Charles was my first real concert I ever went to. That is sad. Rest in peace.
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Go pick up a CD called "Frank, Dean & Sammy: The Rat Pack Live at The Sands." (That goes for anybody reading this, too. Incredible recording.) It's a recording of a 1963 Sands casino show with Sinatra, Martin and Davis.