#341 Ray Charles / Colin Blakely – 23 September 1930

Ray Charles

Photo by Alan Light

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), better known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, was an American musician. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings. Rolling Stone ranked Charles number 10 on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.

Colin Blakely

Colin George Blakely (23 September 1930–7 May 1987) was a Northern Irish character actor. Film roles included Maurice Braithwaite in This Sporting Life (1963) and Dr. Watson in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). He also appeared in A Man for All Seasons (1966),Young Winston (1972), The National Health (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Equus (1977), The Dogs of War (1980), Nijinsky (1980) and Evil Under the Sun(1982).

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Charles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Blakely

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