SHOW 15 AUG 28-SEP 03, 2015
Tribute to “The Genius,” Ray Charles featuring interviews recorded by Drew Verbis shortly after his passing in 2004 with: blues icon - BB King (1925-2015), R&B queen - Ruth Brown (1928-2006), English Jazz pianist and NPR host - Marian McPartland (1918-2013), former Persuasions frontman the legendary singer - Jerry Lawson, Arizona’s blues king - Big Pete Pearson, producer and Delmark records founder - Bob Koester and historian - Johnny D. In November 2008, Rolling Stone listed Ray Charles number 2 of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time." He was credited for bringing the gospel sound into rhythm and blues and influencing the soul sound more than any other artist in history. He is responsible for racially integrating pop and country music. He is an American icon.