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”In music you just can't escape when something is beautiful,” Ray Charles recently said.

Added the legendary singer/pianist/composer, “Like a good song, you can't get away from a good song. You have a good song, and it will still be beautiful, even when somebody with a bad voice sings it. I love the old writers, who wrote beautiful love songs. I came up on those kinds of songs. But I have just as much love for blues and jazz too.

“It's like Duke Ellington said; there are only two kinds of music - good and bad. And you can tell when something is good.”

That observation can apply to anything in Charles' extensive catalog.

From country to blues to jazz to R&B and even funk, the 73- year old Charles has set the aesthetic standard for more than five decades, earning plaudits across the globe and setting standards that his legion of fans, in and out of the entertainment industry, aspire to.

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