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A Tribute To Ray Charles

11th June 2004

by Contactmusic.com Editor KEV LEWIN Just days after the death of former President RONALD REAGAN, another great American has passed on - RAY CHARLES' tough life is over. Credited as the pioneer of soul music...

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Ray Charles Dead At 73

10th June 2004

Blind music legend RAY CHARLES has died at his Beverly Hills home. He was 73. The GEORGIA ON MY MIND crooner passed away from complications of liver disease this morning (10JUN04), surrounded by family...

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Foxx Went Blind For Ray Charles Biopic

21st May 2004

Comedian JAMIE FOXX went to extreme measures for a convincing portrayal of RAY CHARLES while filming the upcoming biopic - he made himself blind for up to 14 hours each day. In UNCHAIN MY...

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Los Angeles Grants Charles Studio Landmark Status

29th April 2004

The city of Los Angeles is honouring soul star RAY CHARLES for his EDIFICE COMPLEX. The GRAMMY winner's recording studios, built 40 years ago in central Los Angeles, will get official city historic landmark...

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Beatles Top New Immortals Poll

25th March 2004

Legendary stars THE BEATLES and BOB DYLAN have unsurprisingly topped a new ROLLING STONE poll of immortal music artists. Respected musicians BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, SMOKEY ROBINSON, JACKSON BROWNE, U2's THE EDGE and CHUCK D were...

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Ray Charles To Return To The Stage In March

8th January 2004

Soul veteran RAY CHARLES plans to return to performing in March (04), after recovering from hip replacement surgery. Charles, 73, is especially excited about his 2 March concert at New York City's LINCOLN CENTER because...

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Ray Charles Recovering From Hip Surgery

3rd December 2003

Legendary soul star RAY CHARLES is recovering in his Beverly Hills, California, home after undergoing hip replacement surgery last week (ends28NOV03). Acute discomfort in his left hip forced the 73-year-old GEORGIA ON MY MIND...

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Ray Charles Donates $1 Million To University

11th November 2003

Legendary singer RAY CHARLES has donated $1 million (GBP625,000) for the creation of a black culture program at New Orleans, America's Dillard University. The SHAKE YA TAIL FEATHER star's monetary gift will finance a...

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Bb King Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

16th October 2003

Veteran bluesman BB KING is to be honoured by the ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF MUSIC with the POLAR MUSIC PRIZE. The legendary guitarist will be handed the award by Sweden's KING CARL XVI GUSTAF...

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Ray Charles Battles Back For Christmas Album

15th October 2003

Blind soul man RAY CHARLES is bouncing back from hip surgery with a new gospel album of Christmas tunes. The 72-year-old pianist was forced to cancel his entire schedule for 2003 at the beginning...

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Sharon Stone Never Wanted To Wed

7th September 2003

Hollywood beauty SHARON STONE's marriage to newspaper executive PHIL BRONSTEIN crumbled because she never wanted to wed in the first place. The BASIC INSTINCT babe recently filed for divorce from Bronstein, her third husband,...

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Ray Charles Cancels Tour

6th August 2003

LATEST: Ailing RAY CHARLES has cancelled the remainder of his 2003 world tour as be battles hip discomfort. It's the first time the soul star has cancelled tour dates in his 53 years as...

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Ray Charles Live Dates Postponed Again

29th July 2003

Veteran soul star RAY CHARLES has been forced to postpone 14 live dates because of severe pain in his hip. The 72-year-old GEORGIA ON MY MIND legend is currently having his health problems diagnosed...

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Jamie Foxx's Trial Delayed

26th June 2003

LATEST: Comedian JAMIE FOXX's trial on charges from a fight with guards a New Orleans, Louisiana, casino has been delayed until 8 September (03). Police say ALI star Foxx, his sister, DIEDRA DIXON, and...

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Ray Salutes Van

13th June 2003

After inducting VAN MORRISON into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last night (12JUN03) in New York, RAY CHARLES joined him for a duet on CRAZY LOVE. QUEEN, LITTLE RICHARD and PHIL COLLINS were also...

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Clapton And King To Spearhead Blues Event

19th May 2003

Music legends BB KING, ERIC CLAPTON, WYNTON MARSALIS, RAY CHARLES and WILLIE NELSON are among the artists who will play the BLOWIN' THE BLUES AWAY gig in New York. The event, to be held...

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Correspondents' Dinner Toned Down After War

29th April 2003

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and JASON PRIESTLEY were among the stars who attended a the WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION dinner. In contrast to last years's (02) event when OZZY OSBOURNE and his wife SHARON were...

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Leann Rimes Sings The Praises Of Milk

17th April 2003

LeANN RIMES is singing the praises of a great substance in her life - milk. The sexy songstress is the latest singer to record the CELEBRITY ODE TO MOM jingle as part of the...

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More Stars Added To Willie Nelson Honour

9th April 2003

WYCLEF JEAN, PAUL SIMON and AEROSMITH rocker STEVEN TYLER have joined the long list of stars who will salute WILLIE NELSON at a tribute concert. The show, dubbed WILLIE NELSON AND FRIENDS: LIVE AND...

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Willie Nelson.s Big Bash

27th March 2003

Country legend WILLIE NELSON's 70th birthday party certainly isn't going to be an A-list only affair - because everyone's invited. WILLIE NELSON AND FRIENDS: LIVE + KICKIN', a public concert in New York on...

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