"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water." -Ray Charles
Ray Charles: Rare and Classic Photos of an American Genius, 1966, via LIFE.com
Oldies but Goodies
Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. Taping of Fats Domino And Friends on June 5, 1986, in New Orleans.
"Music to me is like breathing - I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music." - Ray Charles
The Great Ray Charles "What'd I Say I & II" - "Careless love" - "I Got a Woman" - "You Don't Know Me" - "Georgia On My Mind", "Night Time is the Right Time"
Music is my life, man
Ray Charles performs in 1970.
"I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great." - Ray Charles (quote)
Vans, Rays, Pens, and Bushes
Ray Charles - One of the first artist, black or white, to earn $1 per song sold. Compare this to most Soul-singers and R and B artist receiving $0.06 per song sold.
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