September 23, 1930 a musical genius was born. As a matter of fact, Frank Sinatra called him “the only true genius in show business.” Born Ray Charles Robinson, he became known to the world as Ray Charles.
Today, on what would have been his 83rd birthday, he’s being honored in dual ceremonies by the U.S. Postal Service with the release of the Ray Charles forever stamp. The ceremony in Los Angeles, California will be held at the GRAMMY Museum and the ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia will be held at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College.
In conjunction to the stamp release, Concord Music Group is releasing a new CD/DVD combo titled “Ray Charles Forever” which includes previously unreleased and rare performances. A special edition of the package will be available at the U.S. Post Office with a bonus track, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.” I believe that the special edition is a U.S.P.S. exclusive but have not confirmed that.
Because it contains the lyrics, “Like a stamp on a letter, if you let me stick with you” I think this Mail Music Monday song would have been perfect for the “Ray Charles Forever” CD but it’s not one of the tracks on it. I still think it’s the perfect Mail Music song for the dedication of the last of the 2013 Music Icons series.