Flashback: See Willie Nelson Duet With Ray Charles

May 22, 2015

Willie Nelson turned 82 years old last month, spending his birthday in Maui with friends and family. Twenty-two years earlier, though, he threw a considerably bigger party for himself back home in Texas. In April 1993, Nelson celebrated his...


Southern Comforts: 25 Best Songs About the South

March 2, 2015

From Nashville cats who play clean as country water to Bible Belt rappers who chronicle the wheelings and dealings of the Dirty South, musicians have a long history of setting the pace, pulse and people of Dixie to music. Here, we bring you the best of...



Ronnie Milsap Talks Ray Charles, Elvis and Disco

November 26, 2014

Ronnie Milsap didn't just dominate country music in the Seventies and Eighties, he helped redefine it. One of the genre's most successful crossover acts of all time, Milsap blended rock & roll, soul and pop, and took songs with those elements to the...


'Talk Dirty to Me' in 20 Different Styles

May 6, 2014

The singer who treated the Internet to a version of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" as performed by everyone from Kurt Cobain to Frank Sinatra, is back with his new offering: Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty to Me" sung in 20 different musical styles. 20 Unforgettable...



Ray Charles Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

September 22, 2013

Music legend Ray Charles is getting another accolade. The United States Postal Service is honoring the late singer with a commemorative stamp to be released on Monday, as part of its Music Icons series that had previously honored Tejano music singer/guitarist...


10 Best 'Sesame Street' Musical Guests

August 1, 2013

Sesame Street has been a television institution since its premiere in 1969, captivating children and adults alike while imparting valuable life lessons through a group of instantly recognizable furry characters. The show has also seen its share of musical...



Ray Charles Foundation Sues the Singer's Children

March 31, 2012

The Ray Charles Foundation is suing seven of the late singer's children for attempting to obtain copyrights on some of Charles' songs, The Wrap reports. According to the lawsuit, Charles gave each of his children $500,000 in 2002 under the...



Javier Colon, Winner of 'The Voice,' to Portray Ray Charles

September 16, 2011

Javier Colon, the winner of the first season of NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, has signed on to play the part of Ray Charles in a forthcoming episode of the new NBC series The Playboy Club. The show, set in 1963 in Chicago, will feature several...


Exclusive Stream: Chiddy Bang's Soul Homage 'Ray Charles'

November 14, 2011

"Ray Charles," the first single from the hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang's debut album, Breakfast, is named after the legendary soul singer, but it was actually inspired by a member of Chiddy's family. "The song actually started out as a joke when my brother,...



Warner Music Discovers Photos, Memorabilia In Archives

November 9, 2010

Warner Music Group has undertaken a massive search of its archives, seeking valuable photographs and other musical memorabilia, according to The New York Times . Called "Sight of Sound," the project aims to excavate the contents of nearly 100,000 boxes...


Ray Charles

March 1, 2010

News Ticker: The Clash, Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Metallica

March 12, 2010

  The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon both play on Gorillaz's new Plastic Beach, and Spinner reports the pair might be considering joining Damon Albarn's outfit on a brief tour. If true, it would mark the first time the former bandmates have...



DJ Bob Dylan Returns to Airwaves

October 16, 2008

If you separated the front from the back of a dollar bill, only the front would be considered legal tender. Another fact: A million bucks in hundred-dollar bills weigh a tidy 20.4 pounds. Such are the things you might learn in the third season of Bob...


Album Review

Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1960

October 20, 2005

The title "genius" was formally bestowed on Ray Charles with the release of his 1959 album The Genius of Ray Charles. Though he was not yet thirty at that point, Charles had already helped invent what would become known as soul — shattering the...


Ray Charles Dominates 2005 Grammys

February 14, 2005

Rock & roll royalty filled Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night for the 47th annual Grammy Awards, but it was a man who wasn't there -- in body, anyway -- who would dominate the proceedings. Ray Charles, the soul/rock/gospel/country/jazz legend...


Ray Charles Back on Top

February 23, 2005

This week's charts are all about the Grammys. Ray Charles' posthumously released collection of duets, Genius Loves Company, shot up fourteen places to the top this week, selling 224,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This strong showing, six...



Kanye Tops Grammy Nods

December 7, 2004

Kanye West received ten nominations for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards to lead the field. The rapper/producer is up for Best New Artist, Song of the Year for "Jesus Walks," and Album of the Year for The College Dropout. R&B stars Usher and Alicia Keys...

Album Review

Genius Loves Company

August 31, 2004

Like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles was a tough old man who kept making music right up to the end, probably because everybody was too scared to tell him to knock it off. When he died in June, he was readying Genius Loves Company, his version of Frank Sinatra's...


Usher, Norah Salut Ray

September 17, 2004

Usher, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige and Elton John will lead an all-star tribute to Ray Charles on October 8th at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The event, dubbed "Genius: A Night to Remember," will air on CBS later that month. Actor and comedian...