Voices at Large

Ray Charles Forever

04 SEP 13 DAVID VIENNA

Thanks to the USPS, Ray Charles is coming to a mailbox near you. His iconic visage will grace a stamp as part of tits "Music Icons Forever" series and it'll be available starting Sept. 23, Ray's birthday.

To commemorate the new stamp, Concord will offer Ray Charles Forever, a CD/DVD compilation featuring rare live performances and even a previously unreleased track -- a special version of "They Can't Take That Away From Me." The collection will be available at most Post Offices, usps.com and ebay.com/stamps.

USA Today has a great write-up of the honor, which includes this quote from Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin: "No matter how many awards and accolades he received, Mr. Charles was genuinely humbled by each and every honor. To him, it meant people appreciated what he loved doing so much -- his music... But to mark this momentous occasion, I selected songs that also exemplify the forever quality of his performances."

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