Ray Charles will be added to the U.S. Postal Service “Music Icons Forever” stamp series. Postal officials will also release one of Charles’ previously unreleased songs on Monday along with the stamp.
According to Today.com:
“On that day — which is also Charles’ birthday — two events for the stamp will take place: one at Morehouse College’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia — the state where Charles was born — and the other at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Ashanti will perform as part of the Atlanta event and Chaka Khan will be singing at the Grammy Museum.”
Charles, who was a singer-songwriter and composer, pioneered the soul music genre when he boldly fused rhythm and blues, gospel and other blues styles into his recordings. He died in 2004.