"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
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Bill Ray - Ray Charles plays an encore at Carnegie Hall, 1966.
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"Music to me is like breathing - I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music." - Ray Charles
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Ray Charles lighting his cigarette (tracking the heat with his little finger). Photo by Bill Ray, March 1966, shot at RPM in LA.
Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. Taping of Fats Domino And Friends on June 5, 1986, in New Orleans.
Ray Charles performs in 1970.