Thursday, June 10, 2004

Ray Charles: 1930-2004 

The world got a little less soulful today with the passing of Ray Charles. Forget trying to put him into a music genre:

"When I started out I tried to imitate Nat Cole because I loved him so much," Mr. Charles said. "But then I woke up one morning and I said, `People tell me all the time that I sound like Nat Cole, but wait a minute, they don't even know my name.' As scared as I was — because I got jobs sounding like Nat Cole — I just said, `Well, I've got to change because nobody knows who I am.' And my Mom taught me one thing, `Be yourself, boy.' And that's the premise I went on."

He had an often troubled personal life, but he was still one of the greatest. Rest in Peace.


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