Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Daily SAll-Star: Ray Charles
Today is Wednesday, January 9th. It is just a few minutes before 2 am. I am sitting at my computer with my dorm room window wide open because it is about 64 degrees out right now. This is not a typical wintry Michigan evening. Naturally, my mind is stuck on the Father of Rhythm & Blues.
In a nutshell, Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven, learned the piano, did heroin for a few years, invented the Georgia State Song, drank some Pepsi, and fathered twelve children.
And along the way, he became one of the five most important and influential musicians in American history.
Nicely done, Mr. Charles.