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?
- In The Blues Brothers, Charles plays the owner of a music store called “Ray’s Music Exchange” and sings “Shake Your Tailfeather” with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.
- Charles was given a Braille copy of the script for the movie based on his life, Ray.
- For his performance as Ray Charles in Ray, Jamie Foxx won the Academy Award for best performance by an actor in a leading role.
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.