PDA

View Full Version : Music Legend Ray Charles Dies At Age 73


lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:49 PM
I just found out. When I find out more I will let you know.

Mase
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:50 PM
:eek::eek: What happened? Oh thats a shame.

-Ph51-
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:51 PM
Great loss :sad:

AjdeNate!
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:51 PM
:sad:

:eek:

Mase
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:52 PM
http://i.cnn.net/cnn/images/1.gif http://i.cnn.net/cnn/images/1.gif
http://i.cnn.net/cnn/.element/img/1.0/sect/SHOWBIZ/header.entertainment.gif (http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Music)http://i.cnn.net/cnn/images/1.gif http://i.cnn.net/cnn/images/1.gif
Ray Charles dies at 73

Thursday, June 10, 2004 Posted: 3:44 PM EDT (1944 GMT)


BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- Ray Charles, the Grammy-winning crooner who blended gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as "What'd I Say" and heartfelt ballads like "Georgia on My Mind," died Thursday, a spokesman said. He was 73.

Charles died at his Beverly Hills home surrounded by family and friends, said spokesman Jerry Digney.

Charles' last public appearance was alongside Clint Eastwood on April 30, when the city of Los Angeles designated the singer's studios, built 40 years ago in central Los Angeles, as a historic landmark.

Blind by age 7 and an orphan at 15, Charles spent his life shattering any notion of musical boundaries and defying easy definition. A gifted pianist and saxophonist, he dabbled in country, jazz, big band and blues, and put his stamp on it all with a deep, warm voice roughened by heartbreak from a hardscrabble childhood in the segregated South.

"His sound was stunning -- it was the blues, it was R&B, it was gospel, it was swing -- it was all the stuff I was listening to before that but rolled into one amazing, soulful thing," singer Van Morrison told Rolling Stone magazine in April.

Charles won nine of his 12 Grammy Awards between 1960 and 1966, including the best R&B recording three consecutive years ("Hit the Road Jack," "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Busted").

His versions of other songs are also well known, including "Makin' Whoopee" and a stirring "America the Beautiful." Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell wrote "Georgia on My Mind" in 1931 but it didn't become Georgia's official state song until 1979, long after Charles turned it into an American standard.

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:54 PM
Updated: 03:51 PM EDT
Grammy-Winning Crooner Ray Charles Dies
http://cdn.news.aol.com/aolnews_articles/0d/04/20040610154109990001.40c8bb76-000de-008e5-6e89bccd
Charles died at Thursday, surrounded by family and friends.




BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Ray Charles, the Grammy-winning crooner credited with creating American soul music with a blend of gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as "What'd I Say" and "I Got A Woman" and heartfelt ballads like "Georgia on My Mind," died Thursday. He was 73.

Charles died at 11:35 a.m., surrounded by family and friends, said spokesman Jerry Digney.

Charles last public appearance was alongside Clint Eastwood on April 30, when the city of Los Angeles designated the singers studios an historic landmark.

Blind by age 7 and an orphan at 15, Charles spent his life shattering any notion of musical boundaries and defying easy definition. A gifted pianist and saxophonist, he dabbled in country, jazz, big band and blues, and put his stamp on it all with a deep, warm voice roughened by heartbreak from a hardscrabble childhood in the segregated South.

"His sound was stunning - it was the blues, it was R&B, it was gospel, it was swing - it was all the stuff I was listening to before that but rolled into one amazing, soulful thing," singer Van Morrison told Rolling Stone magazine in April 2004.

Charles won nine of his 12 Grammy Awards between 1960 and 1966, including the best R&B recording three consecutive years ("Hit the Road Jack," "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Busted").



06/10/04 15:40 EDT

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.

Barrie_Dude
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:56 PM
:sad: A true musical genius who wil be sorely missed!:sad:

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:56 PM
:eek::eek: What happened? Oh thats a shame.
He has been sick for a while. In fact, the Globe tabloid said three months ago that he was dying.

TimBo
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:56 PM
I think alot of artists really looked up to him and he will be missed.

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:58 PM
I think alot of artists really looked up to him and he will be missed.
Yes, they did.:sad:

He was on of Quincy Jones' idols.:sad:

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 07:59 PM
Updated: 03:45 PM EDT
R&B legend Ray Charles dies in California at 73

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Ray Charles, who battled childhood poverty, blindness and heroin addiction to help pioneer soul music and become one of America's most enduring musicians, died Thursday at the age of 73, his spokesman said .
Charles died at 11:35 a.m. at his Beverly Hills home of complications of liver disease. Family members and his manager were present, said Jerry Digney, his longtime publicist.

Reuters/VNU



06/10/04 15:44 ET

Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited

ys
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:00 PM
:sad:

Helen Lawson
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:00 PM
My friend Kim Novak had an affair with him. I will have to send Kim some flowers and a nice card, poor thing.

I am so close to Kim because she was such a bad actress. No competition. We are like Martina and Anna. I was Martina and she was Anna, only I am better looking also.

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:03 PM
My friend Kim Novak had an affair with him. I will have to send Kim some flowers and a nice card, poor thing.

I am so close to Kim because she was such a bad actress. No competition. We are like Martina and Anna. I was Martina and she was Anna, only I am better looking also.
What is with her and balck men?

Didn't she have an affiar with Sammy Davis, Jr. too?

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:05 PM
BTW his real name was Ray Chales Robinson. He shortened it in respect to boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson.

Helen Lawson
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:08 PM
Yes, she had affairs with both. I do not think she loved Ray Charles, though.

Kim actually turned me on to "Curb Your Enthusiasm." I usually view TV as below me, but Kim told me to watch and I like it. Whenever I am in the Pacific Northwest, I have dinner with her. Kim is very down to earth and unassuming.

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:10 PM
Yes, she had affairs with both. I do not think she loved Ray Charles, though.

Kim actually turned me on to "Curb Your Enthusiasm." I usually view TV as below me, but Kim told me to watch and I like it. Whenever I am in the Pacific Northwest, I have dinner with her. Kim is very down to earth and unassuming.
Oh, OK. Thanks.

Tratree
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:21 PM
Ray Charles is actually one of the jazz greats who "discovered" Quincy Jones. I read Q's autobiography about how he used to hang around Ray when he was just a young boy and Ray was just starting out.

RIP Ray....you were one bad dude. Ain't nobody sings like Ray Charles.

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:24 PM
Ray Charles is actually one of the jazz greats who "discovered" Quincy Jones. I read Q's autobiography about how he used to hang around Ray when he was just a young boy and Ray was just starting out.

RIP Ray....you were one bad dude. Ain't nobody sings like Ray Charles.That's true.

They met in Seattle, where Quincy grew up.

Shuji Shuriken
Jun 10th, 2004, 08:29 PM
Ray Charles was a truly genuis who will be missed by all :sad: :sobbing:. If he was suffering, then at least his family knows he's at peace now :sad:. Sing on Ray, sing on :sad:.

Barrie_Dude
Jun 10th, 2004, 09:04 PM
http://i.cnn.net/cnn/interactive/entertainment/0406/gallery.ray.charles/1996.ap.jpg

RIP Mr Charles

decemberlove
Jun 10th, 2004, 09:10 PM
oh this is absolutely heartbreaking . rest in peace :sad:

jack duckworth
Jun 10th, 2004, 09:12 PM
:sad:...he was one of my favourites

fly guy
Jun 10th, 2004, 09:44 PM
:sad:

Richie77
Jun 10th, 2004, 10:02 PM
That's too bad :sad: He'll be missed, but he left us with many wonderful songs.

*JR*
Jun 10th, 2004, 10:10 PM
Ray was a pretty fair actor, too. Many of you have seen (@ least on TV) the 1978 movie The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. Ray (and Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin) both had cameo roles (Ray's was longer) and were priceless. (I won't reveal the really funny scene @ "Ray's Music" as some of you haven't seen it but will). And his legacy is @ every NBA game. When a visiting player fouls out, the PA system plays:

Hit the road, Jack
And don't ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road, Jack
And don't ya come back no more

Richie77
Jun 10th, 2004, 10:14 PM
JR, that's one of my favorite songs :)

Hit the road, Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more
(What'd you say?)

Hit the road, Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more

Now, woman, oh woman, don't you treat me so mean
You're the meanest old woman that I've ever seen
But I guess if you say so
I'll have to back my things and go
(That's right!)

Hit the road, Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more
(What'd you say?)

Hit the road, Jack
And don't ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack
And don't ya come back no more

Now, baby, oh baby, don't you treat me this way
Well, I'll be back on my feet someday.
Don't care if you do, 'cause it's understood
You ain't got no money and you're just no good.
Well, I guess if you say so
I'll have to back my things and go
(That's right!)

Hit the road, Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more
(What'd you say?)

Hit the road, Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more (well)...don't you come back no more (I didn't hear that)...don't you come back no more (Now, you don't mean that!)...don't you come back no more...

Rocketta
Jun 11th, 2004, 11:23 PM
Thanks JR, I'll bump this thread too!

Rocketta
Jun 11th, 2004, 11:28 PM
RIP Ray....you were one bad dude. Ain't nobody sings like Ray Charles.
Can't express how much I love Ray and his voice. He was the absolute best. I remember when he came out with his remake of "a song for you" and I drove all over town looking for that single. He can make me cry at the drop of the hat.

I've been listening to a song of his called "mother" or "momma" and it's about losing his mother and it doesn't matter how long ago it happened she would always be with him. It makes me cry like a baby and my mother is still a live and well and lives with me...:o

Rocketta
Jun 11th, 2004, 11:33 PM
My favorite Ray songs....hmmm....:scratch:

I love his rendition of Elenor Rigby and a song for you.

Georgia on My Mind of course

Let's go get stoned cause I think that song is hilarious.

America the beautiful

and That Lucky Old Sun

*JR*
Jun 12th, 2004, 12:03 AM
My favorite Ray songs....hmmm....:scratch:

I love his rendition of Elenor Rigby and a song for you.

Georgia on My Mind of course

Let's go get stoned cause I think that song is hilarious.

America the beautiful

and That Lucky Old Sun
Hit the Road, Jack was the best, IMO (and I don't remember who the female singer was). It was a terrific "unnamed partner in a duet" performance, like Ellen Foley's (with Meatloaf) in Paradise By the Dashboard Light.

G_Slammed
Jun 13th, 2004, 04:29 AM
I'll always respect the brother for the way in which he put a news reporter in his place, as well as everybody who saw the interview. The reporter wanted Ray to concede that Elvis Presley was, "The King." Didn't happen. Ray C. didn't mince words or spare nobody's feelings.. it was wonderful to witness.


A great moment indeed.

*JR*
Jun 13th, 2004, 03:20 PM
I'll always respect the brother for the way in which he put a news reporter in his place, as well as everybody who saw the interview. The reporter wanted Ray to concede that Elvis Presley was, "The King." Didn't happen. Ray C. didn't mince words or spare nobody's feelings.. it was wonderful to witness.


A great moment indeed.
A great Irony Is that Elvis was profoundly influenced by the great blues singers, and Said So (living in the south of the 1950's, BTW). In fact, the Beatles were as well.