Ray Charles is the latest musical icon to be honored by the United States Postal Service with his own stamp in the “Music Icons Forever” series. The stamp went on sale Monday, which would have been Charles’ 83rd birthday.
Concord Music celebrated the occasion with the release of Ray Charles Forever, a deluxe CD/DVD collection available today.
Ray Charles Forever features 12 remastered classics and unique gems including “A Song For You,” “Ring Of Fire,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Imagine,” “America the Beautiful,” and a previously unreleased recording of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”
The 20-minute DVD features rare live performances of “Imagine” (Goodwill Games, 1998), “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” (Earth, 1992), and “A Song For You” (North Sea Jazz Fest, 1997) along with interview segments culled from the BBC’s “Live In London” (1986) and Norman Seeff’s “The Session Project” (1985).
The Ray Charles Forever stamp is available now at Post Offices nationwide and at usps.com/stamps.