RAY CHARLES R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

August 30, 2006

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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.”

 CLICK HERE TO WATCH “GO ON HOME”   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp96CgR_uMs

Copyright 2012 by Artie Wayne

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3 Responses to “RAY CHARLES R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY!”

  1. Phil M. Says:

    You’ve certainly got three giants listed today, Artie! It’s very gratifying to see the name of my late friend Sterling Morrison listed among those for consideration for “R&R Heaven, Pt. 2.” I’d like to submit Screamin’ Jay Hawkins for consideration, as well.

  2. C.H.Ochoa Says:

    Thank you for including the greatest Soul,Blues and Rythm and Blues man that ever was!!

  3. Hunter George Says:

    I have always loved the music of Ray Charles. The only time I saw him in person, was his appearance at the North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC in the mid sixties. He completely filled Dorton Arena and his show was a rousing success. His final number was “What’ I Say” and he had the crowd so wound up they called in every cop on the fairgrounds, fearing we would riot. My god, what a performance! After nearly 50 years I still remember it and the excitement.


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