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Left to right: Art Laboe, Preston Epps, RAY CHARLES, Jackie Wilson
September 23, 2013: RAY CHARLES would have been 83! And although Ray is no longer with us, his talents, inspiration and impact live on FOREVER....in more ways than one! Living on through his music, by continuing to influence today's artists AND the United States Postage Service has honored Ray Charles on his birthday with a Forever stamp. Released in Ray's home state of Georgia and Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum, where Jesse Jackson spoke and Chaka Khan performed. Not only is the Forever stamp the same price you paid for it even when the price goes up, but it also pays tribute to one of the greatest talents of our time. Which we witnessed in the late 1950s when we booked Ray for one of our Dance and Shows at the Hollywood Palladium (above picture).
And quite a variety of talents share their birthday with Ray Charles: LA Dodger Matt Kemp, Enrique's Dad Julio Iglesias, Bruce Springsteen, producer/artist/Janet Jackson ex Jermaine Dupri, Seinfeld's Jason Alexander and TV/movie icon and living legend MICKEY ROONEY (pictured below)
PHOTO: JoMo for ArtLaboe.com
Happy Birthday to ALL blowing out the candles on 9/23!!!