June 10, 2004

r.i.p., ray

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Ray Charles, Blues legend, dies at 73

I remember, as a teenager firmly embroiled in the punk-rocker pose, picking a Ray Charles greatest hits CD from my mom's collection and listening to the tracks with such quiet excitement. I had heard one of his tracks somewhere, perhaps in a movie, maybe on the radio in my parent's car or something, but it spurred me to try to find the track. Sure, I played drums in the high school jazz band, but his music, his voice really sent chills down my spine.

I saw Ray Charles in person when I was 18, on my first day of interning at NBC Studios Burbank, as he walked down the hall to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". I thought "Now I'm in the big leagues". Of course, I wasn't, but he was an amazing musician, with such an aura of greatness and respect around him, and I'm sad to see him go.


posted by julie at June 10, 2004 01:14 PM


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