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Ray Charles Dead At Age 73...  
User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5182959/

A true legend in the music world has passed away.


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User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

Really???

That was unexpected to me. Geee... I'm shocked.

I feel like having Georgia on my mind now  Crying



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

This is a shame  Sad

Had on "Mess Around" as I saw this appear.

My sympathies,

Regards,

Justin  Sad


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Now that is sad news.

We will not see his like again.



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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

A true legend in the music world has passed away.

I haven't even heard of him before.

fb05



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14003 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

He wasn´t just a great singer, he was a good jazz pianist as well (he could play the bebop in his younger years  Smile/happy/getting dizzy).

For the younger generation, in the originaly Blues Brothers movie he was playing the pawn shop owner, where the band got their instruments from.


User currently offlineTWISTEDWHISPER From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 711 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

I haven't even heard of him before.
That's because you're either ignorant or too young.... He was one of the big ones in jazzmusic, and has influenced many of today's artists....



Read between the lines.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

I knew he was getting up there.

Still it is sad.

Great music player that prospered despite not being able to read a piece of sheet music.

Edit: added link

http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/10/obit.ray.charles.ap/index.html

[Edited 2004-06-10 22:47:11]


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3620 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

I didn't see that one coming.

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Definitely too bad. A true class-act as far as I'm concerned. Even if it may not be your type of music, his talent and candor should be appreciated by all.

RIP Ray, you'll be missed.



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

Never saw the man without a smile on his face. That is an accomplishment.

User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

I remember an interviewer asking him if he regretted not making more money (or something to that effect).

He responded saying, (paraphrase) "You can only eat so many potato's".

A great, great man. RIP Ray Charles.



You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Sad news, he was a really great musician.

Patrick


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

RIP, Ray Charles. A great entertainer that comforted tens of millions (maybe hundreds of millions) of folks worldwide. As ElectraBob correctly noted, a true legend beyond debate.

Thank you, Ray Charles, for your contributions; your music will always live as other 'trends' are forgotten...Regards, Jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Def. unexpected. Now there goes a legend.

FlyingBronco05: "I haven't even heard of him before."

That surprises me. Well, anyone else, and it would surprise me. Most people will recognize the guys name anywhere. You might recognize his songs..maybe.


FSP





User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

I can't believe about him and he is very good play with the music.

User currently offlineNorth County From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2007 times:



Sad News - Great performer.



User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2004 times:
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Hate to lose him. His singing made an impact every time I heard it. Ray Charles will be on my mind, and countless others, a long time. Thanks for the good memories.


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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1990 times:



America the Beautiful by Ray Charles.....
http://www.raycharles.com/godblessamerica.swf


User currently offlinePU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1977 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.


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

When he did make with the funeral? Is that plans to make buried him very soon?

User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

When he did make with the funeral? Is that plans to make buried him very soon?

I think the most pertinent question is what US$ bill Ray Charles will appear on, and where on Mt Rushmore his face will be displayed.

Maybe they could rename Georgia to "Ray Charles" seeing as all he has done for that state with his big hit.


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

"Hit the Road Jack" & "Busted" are 2 of my favorite Ray Charles tunes. Ray, you still are a true blues legend with me. Rest in Peace, Man. You will be greatly missed.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1951 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)
Busted.....#4 (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.....
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1937 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 Post contains images 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
33 Post contains images JoseMEX : >I didn't see that one coming.
34 Aerobalance : Passion, Soul, Feeling... Ray Charles sang with all of these qualites, he made his music feel alive - it made me feel alive....Listening to an all day
35 Aerobalance : Passion, Soul, Feeling... Ray Charles sang with all of these qualites, he made his music feel alive - it made me feel alive....Listening to an all day
36 Dl021 : I remember him singing with Sesame Street characters from my youth, early 70's, and I sang You Are My Sunshine with him.. silly memory to have, but st
37 Post contains images Vaporlock : A GREAT LOSS!!! But he left behind amazing music that will live on forever!!! Phyllis
38 Airplay : Now here is a guy who deserves to be on a quarter. Or a mountain for that matter.
39 AWspicious : Raymond Charles Robinson was an accomplished entertainer who's musical abilities knew no bounds. His passion for life and for music (two in the same,
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