Ray Charles was a famous musician who helped to develop the sound of Soul music in the mid 1950s. He did this by blending a selection of different styles that were popular at the time. This included Blues, soul and gospel music. He was known for being an energetic live performer and always delivered a brilliant performance.
The singer was unique in the fact that he was blind. He lost his sight at the age of seven. However, he had an intense passion for music and at school he developed a love for Jazz music. When he left school he began to play in bands and released several records before he was signed to Alantic records During the 1950s. He had a very successful career and continued to release records and play live concerts through his life, but eventually died in 2004.
A commemorative stamp has now been released of the late great singer and aims to capture him in a pose that is both timeless and enigmatic. The image shows Ray Charles tilting his head back whilst he looks upward with his sunglasses on.
The stamp is being released alongside a compilation album that showcases the musicians greatest tracks through out his long and consistent career. Fans should enjoy listening back to a selection of the artists greatest hits.