RAY CHARLES R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!
August 30, 2006
RAY CHARLES 8/23/30 – 6/10/04
“Ray Charles has been here for so long it’s hard to remember when he wasn’t around. I’ve always thought of him as an “Uncommon Denominater” in popular music. For 50 years, he exposed the World to the Blues…was the soul of Rock and Roll…and brought an African-American voice to country music.
My own life was soothed, rocked, and sometimes explained by Ray Charles. Isn’t it funny how we don’t appreciate someone fully until they’re gone? Fortunately, Ray knew how much he was loved while he was with us.
I only met him once, on a plane back to L.A.from the Tokyo music festival. I felt more like a fan, than an exec at Warner Bros.Music, and became a little flustered. I introduced myself, and told him that I gave his producer a song he’d recorded,” Go On Home” by Hugh McCracken…Ray smiled and sang a few bars back to me.
I thanked him for his time…for remembering…and went back to my seat. Now I wish I had been a little less overwhelmed….and spent a little more time talking to him.”
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