I realize that I'm a little late paying my respects to Ray Charles who died yesterday, but here goes.
I recall hearing an interview with Paul McCartney admitting that often when he writes a crooning ballad, he will think of Ray and ask himself how would he have done it.
That says a lot about the man. Ray Charles crossed all musical genre and racial boundaries, and will always have a special place reserved in my favorite music repertoire.
I will sorely miss him. God speed Ray.