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In celebration of what would have been his 83rd birthday, music legend Ray Charles got his image on a U. S. postage stamp. The United States Postal Service unveiled the new, limited edition stamp in Los Angeles on Monday (September 23).
Ray Charles Robinson, Jr., the singer's son, was on hand to accept the honor.
SOUNDBITE Ray Charles Robinson, Jr., the singer's son, saying (English):
"Who would've dreamt that a poor, African-American child, a blind African-American child from Albany, Georgia would become an American icon. So today is truly special what the United States Postal Service has done as well as the Ray Charles Foundation."
The stamp features an image of Charles taken later in his career.
Charles' onetime duet partner Chaka Khan was also on hand for the unveiling and performed a rendition of their R&B hit "I'll Be Good To You."
Charles was a pioneer of soul music in the 1950s and helped to racially integrate the music world in the 1960s with crossover hits in the pop music realm. His biggest songs include "Georgia on My Mind" and "Hit the Road Jack."
He died in 2004 at age 73.