Ray Charles: I Can’t Get Enough

10 Jun

Ray Charles album: genius loves company

Ray Charles' 2004 album Genius Loves Company

Remembering Ray Charles, born Ray Charles Robinson in 1930, on the day of his death in 2004.

It’s no coincidence that so many Ray Charles albums have the word genius in the title. As Muhammad Ali might say, It ain’t bragging if it’s true.

We count 6 (and two more after his death):

  1. The Genius of Ray Charles
  2. The Genius Sings the Blues
  3. The Genius After Hours
  4. The Genius Hits The Road
  5. Genius + Soul = Jazz
  6. Genius Loves Company

Other album titles included The Great Ray Charles and The Fabulous Ray Charles. And yet none of it is praise enough (and for the record, our favorite is Genius + Soul = Jazz).

“Ray Charles opened my eyes,” said singer/songwriter James Taylor, in the notes to Genius Loves Company, where he accompanied Charles on Sweet Potato Pie. “I couldn’t believe human beings could make such soulful, joyous noise. Turns out they can’t . . . only just Ray.”

Which is the point, isn’t it? Does there even exist a picture of Charles at the piano, sunglasses on, not smiling if he’s not singing? And not just smiling shyly, but boldly and loudly? How could a life with so many tragic beginnings — blind at 7, orphaned by 15 — produce so much joy?

And yet has there ever been a more heartfelt rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow than Charles’?

That really does equal genius.

Linking to Ray singing I Can’t Get Enough, because who can ever get enough of him?

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One Response to “Ray Charles: I Can’t Get Enough”

  1. michaeljlewis June 11, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Ray singing “America The Beautiful” may be the most perfect song on Earth. An incredible performer.

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