Ray Charles 1930-2004

June 10, 2004 by · 3 Comments
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Ray Charles 1930-2004

Ray Charles died earlier today at home, surrounded by friends and family. CBS has the best story/obituary.

My parents were about my age (or even younger) when Ray was most popular. I can remember listening to Ray Charles records (yes, those black 12-inch round things) when I was little. I also remember fairly vividly his appearances on Sesame Street.

My wife and I had the luck and honor of seeing him in what has to have been one of his last few tours a few years ago at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. His voice was a little shaky and raspy, but he could still play a mean piano! I was glad to have had the chance.

We’ll miss you, Ray. We’ll still be listening.