PU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1768 times:
Man, I just switched on my computer to see this. I can only say one thing... death sucks.
I saw Ray Charles for the first time in "The Blues Brothers", and ever since it has been one of my music favorites. He was not only one of the most influential artists in the past years, I think (the man was too talented, he could do ANY kind of music and still get it right, that's a rare gift), but also a the symbol of a way of life.
Like someone said, you could never see him without a smile on his face. He was a model of how you must always overcome tragedy. He saw his brother drown at age 5, lost his sight soon after, his mother died while he was in the studio, but the guy always kept going, never complaining, always fighting, always winning.
'till next time Ray, we will miss everything about you, and then some more.
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 4 Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1742 times:
For anyone interested, here are Ray Charles biggest hits....singles that made it into the Billboard Top 10....
What'd I Say (Part 1).....#6 (1959)
Georgia On My Mind.....#1 (1960)
One Mint Julep.....#8 (1961)
Hit The Road Jack.....#1 (1961)
Unchain My Heart.....#9 (1961)
I Can't Stop Loving You.....#1 (1962.....#1 song of the year)
You Don't Know Me.....#2 (1962)
You Are My Sunshine.....#7 (1962)
Take These Chains From My Heart.....#8 (1963)
Crying Time.....#6 (1965)
Some National Hockey League Arenas (including here in Detroit) play "Hit The Road Jack" when a visiting player gets a penalty. In his career, Ray Charles had 76 singles that made the Billboard "Top 100"....that is incredible. Elvis Presley had 151 top 100 singles....James Brown has 99.....The Beatles had 72.
Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1728 times:
Been thinking about "the genius" a little more.
My wife and kids saw him perform outdoors in downtown Reno a couple of years ago. I was on a trip or would have been there. I have been sorry I missed that, and so glad that they went. A good friend caught him at Newport in about 1959 and really introduced me to his music.
It would be hard to explain what an impact "I can't stop loving you" had on popular music in 1962. All music sales went up sharply on the impetus of that one song's popularity. Radio stations would play it during every hour even though it was twice as long as the popular songs of the day.
I have it on very good authority that Ray once hand-flew his own M-404 and may have flown his own Viscount briefly. I loved the commercial with him driving the car. It was for real. He was alone in it, driving on a big dry lake somewhere in the American west and it was filmed safely from above.
I have to go home and transfer my genius after hours album to a CD.
Thanks for the music Ray.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
25 Captoveur: This is all Bush's fault.. (insert long disjointed argument to otherwise ruin thread) Signed, Alpha1
26 Alpha 1: The local Fox station in Cleveland used a wonderful clip, when reporting on Ray Charles' death: it was a clip from 1986 of Ray Charles singing for Pre
27 Dl021: Heck, they are joyriding in Ray's new wheels! Ronnie's probably teaching him how to shift gears on the Ferrari right now. At least thats what I think.
28 Cptkrell: My first thoughts are to stay out of the sewer, but I have honestly recognized and am now appreciative of Russophile's participation in (most) topics
29 BN747: Yuck.. cough.. choke..gag.. Bleech (more mouthwash!) spit... yep Jeffm... no one ever sang America the Beautiful with as much depth to send chills to
30 JeffM: We probably agree on many things, so politics isn't one of them. But we can agree to disagree. -Jeff
31 Cptkrell: BN747; I wouldn't vote for Ray's rendition of AtB the most 'beautiful' either, BUT I wouldn't gag, either. Lighten up on Jeffie...Ray Charles was cool
32 TYSGoVols: Man he was great. When it came to singing he was teh man. Why is it that celebs seem to always pass in two's. Princes Di and Mother Teresa dies within