Willie Nelson and Ray Charles

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles

*It doesn’t seem that long ago but it will be 10 years this June since the late great Ray Charles passed away.

He’s been considered a musical genius and his legacy lives on. Musically he top-charted in all the music genres – Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Country, Jazz, Dance – and was a popular live performer world-wide.

Ray Charles RS Cover

The list of people whom he’s influenced and helped along the way is endless. One particular story is that of Smokey Robinson telling how Mr. Charles saved the day when they were a fledgling group, The Miracles, at New York’s Apollo Theater. Charles stepped in to help with the music arrangements and got them on the show. He and Quincy Jones were best of friends.

There is so much history about the man that’s already out there, so we won’t reiterate it here. We wanted to let the EURweb audience know that one of our contributing writers, Larry Buford, wrote a tribute song for Ray Charles titled “Ray Of Sun” that we listened to and think is heartfelt and sincere. It has a Nashville Country flavor. He is shopping the demo around through his DerShawn Music Publishing catalog hoping that some of the great artists/publishers that worked with Charles will pick it up and exploit it for the general public to have access to.

Interested parties can e-mail Buford at [email protected]  or call him at (213) 220-8101.