Ray Charles at the Movies

This week, we’re celebrating the release of the new Music Icons stamp honoring the irrepressible Ray Charles. Did you know that this musical pioneer, also known as “Brother Ray,” has several links to the silver screen?


Inspired by mid-century album covers, this graphic 16 x 22-inch print reflects the rhythm and energy of Ray Charles’s music. Click the link for details.

  • Charles was given a Braille copy of the script for the movie based on his life, Ray.

And a final trivia question: Elvis Presley was known for his many film roles. What do Elvis and Ray Charles have in common? Hint: The answer also involves James Brown and Buddy Holly. Give up? Along with Elvis, James Brown, and Buddy Holly, Ray Charles was one of the ten original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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