Special Media

  • November 30, 2014

    Ray Charles Speaking At Great American Talk Festival

    The Great American Talk Festival was a lecture series – held between 1977 and 1984 – featuring writers, actors, musicians, journalists and politicians such as Alex Haley, Cicely Tyson, Pearl Bailey, Ray Charles, David Letterman, Mike Wallace and Dan Rather. Profits from ticket sales went to Grand Rapids Junior College scholarships. Ray Charles spoke in […]

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  • February 23, 2013

    Ray Charles Ft. In Hallmarks Commercial (1997)

    In February 1997 Hallmark Cards launched a 30-second TV commercial featuring Ray Charles giving Valentine’s Day greetings to three beauties who “sneak a peek” at Hallmark’s logo on the back of the cards he gave them. The campaign promoted a new Say It With Music line of cards with song clips, stored on a digital […]

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  • January 21, 2011

    Ray Charles (Probably Not) On IMNtv.com (2000)

    In 2000 Ray Charles was part of a brief dotcom-ish adventure with InVision Records, a division of Falcon Entertainment Corp. Falcon was a crossmedia concept focused on three areas: broadcasting and cable networks, music, and internet websites. Part of the deal was exposure through Independent Music Network Television (IMNtv), a medium intended to offer amateur […]

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  • September 25, 2010

    Ray Charles Memorial Library Opens Doors (2010)

    The Ray Charles Memorial Library, in the studio and office building Charles built in South LA in the early 1960s, officially opened its doors in 2010. The library features interactive exhibits about Charles’ life and career. Read article (for the first time revealing that Ray not only left all of his intellectual property but also […]

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