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Ray Charles reported dead.  June 10, 2004

I just heard the news on my way home from work while listening to http://npr.org

Quotes by singer Ray Charles:

“What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.” - Charles. (Los Angeles Times, 1986)

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“I never considered myself part of rock ‘n’ roll. My stuff was more adult. It was more difficult for teenagers to relate to; my stuff was filled with more despair than anything you’d associate with rock ‘n’ roll. Since I couldn’t see people dancing, I didn’t write jitterbugs or twists. I wrote rhythms that moved me. My style requires pure heart singing.” - Charles in his 1978 autobiography, “Brother Ray.”

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“When I started to sing like myself - as opposed to imitating Nat Cole, which I had done for a while - when I started singing like Ray Charles, it had this spiritual and churchy, this religious or gospel sound. It had this holiness and preachy tone to it. It was very controversial. I got a lot of criticism for it.” - Charles (San Jose Mercury News, 1994)

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“Do it right or don’t do it at all. That comes from my mom. If there’s something I want to do, I’m one of those people that won’t be satisfied until I get it done. If I’m trying to sing something and I can’t get it, I’m going to keep at it until I get where I want it.” Charles (Sun-Sentinel of Ft. Lauderdale, 1998)

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“The fact of the matter is, you don’t give up what’s natural. Anything I’ve fantasized about, I’ve done.” - Charles, who has fathered at least 11 children from two marriages and other liaisons. (Los Angeles Times, 1989)

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“I know this case is no longer in my jurisdiction. But I have to tell you - just as a fellow human being - that society would be better off with Ray Charles free, serving as a good example of a guy who kicked drugs, rather than being put away in prison.” - deathbed letter from a judge to the judge who had taken over a Boston drug case involving Charles (Los Angeles Times, 1989)

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“Music’s been around a long time, and there’s going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it’s a big record, that’s the frosting on the cake, but music’s the main meal.” - Charles (Washington Post, 1983)

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“You ask me what I’d like to do that I haven’t done and I say ‘Nothin’!’ I haven’t any mountains to climb or oceans to swim. I’ve been an extremely blessed individual. ... I’m not clamorin’ for more trinkets. If I were to die tomorrow, I could say I’ve had a good life.” - Charles (Los Angeles Times, 1986)


Posted by SPN on 06/10 at 03:05 PM in Celebrity

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