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Ray Charles stamp available now

Written by admin on October 9, 2013 – 2:40 pm -

The U.S. Postal Service has celebrated the life and work of Ray Charles with the Ray Charles ForeverĀ® stamp.

The stamp takes it place alongside the other 2013 Music Icons stamps, including Johnny Cash and Lydia Mendoza.

Ray Charles Stamp

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Song of the Week #148 – “What’d I Say”

Written by admin on March 25, 2013 – 7:26 pm -

Ray Charles - What'd I Say album

Ray Charles’ signature hit “What’d I Say” is Song of the Week on Classic Pop Icons.

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Ray Charles – “Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles” review

Written by admin on February 25, 2012 – 7:07 pm -

Harley Payette reviews the recent five-CD Ray Charles collection – “Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles.”

ABC-Paramount Records almost gave up the store when they signed Ray Charles to a long term deal in late 1959. The contract the singer received was unprecedented in the industry. After recording and promotional expenses had been recouped, the singer would receive a royalty rate of 75 percent. Generally artists received a rate between one (on the really disreputable labels) and five percent. There was also a $50,000 annual guarantee whether Charles’ records were profitable or not. On top of that, after five years of exclusive use by ABC-Paramount, ownership rights of Charles recordings made at the label would revert to the singer. This is a consideration rare even in today’s more artist friendly industry. What made the deal all the more remarkable was the fact that Brother Ray had only placed one record in the Pop Top Twenty to that point, the same year’s breakthrough masterpiece “What’d I Say.” The fledgling corporate owned label, though, was eager to make the signing because they felt Charles’ name would encourage other artists in the lucrative R&B, jazz and rock and roll fields to see ABC-Paramount as a potential home.

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Song of the Week #75 – “Something”

Written by admin on October 10, 2011 – 4:08 pm -

The Beatles - Something We celebrate the release of Martin Scorsese’s excellent documentary, “George Harrison – Living in the Material World“, by selecting the Harrison-penned Beatles classic “Something” as Song of the Week.

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The 2011 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees

Written by admin on December 10, 2010 – 10:13 am -

The Beatles, Fats Domino, Otis Redding and Joan Baez are among the artists whose recordings will be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.

The Grammy Hall of Fame Award was established by The Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973. The aim was to “honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” To date, 881 recordings have been inducted.

2011 Grammy Hall of Fame

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