"Another great singer, another great soul person has gone away. He was one of the great 20th century songwriters. What he did changed music."
-- Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oats) on the musical legacy of late soul/blues legend Ray Charles
Ray Charles (1930-2004)
Excuse me for saying this, but I didn't see this coming. The news of the death of soul/blues pianist-crooner Ray Charles hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday afternoon. I'm still in shock by it all.
While America is in mourning today over the passing of our late former President Ronald Reagan, let us not forget a true American hero, Ray Charles.
Yeah, Ronnie helped bring down the Berlin wall, but Ray was instrumental in tearing down the racial divide between African-Americans and white Americans with his music. He helped white people love soul music. In short, he brought the races together with his music.
Ray wasn't just a wise-old bluesman; he also was a humanitarian.
Ray Charles will be forever missed. Thankfully, his music will last forever.
BlogCritics founder/journalist Eric Olsen pays tribute to the soul man who embraced all forms of American music.
Rest in Peace, Ray.