News

Ray Charles honored with tribute stamp

Ray Charles honored with tribute stamp

A stamp featuring musician Ray Charles hangs backstage before its unveiling an event at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add soul singer Ray Charles to its "Music Icons Forever" stamp series. Photo: Associated Press/David Goldman

R&B icon Ray Charles is to be honored with a commemorative U.S. stamp.

The Hit The Road Jack hitmaker is the latest star to be selected for the United States Postal Service’s Music Icons series, which has previously featured Johnny Cash and singer Lydia Mendoza.

Designer Neal Ashby admits it was difficult to find the right image for the tribute, explaining, “I was looking for that smile, that slight cock of the head – that almost rapturous expression he had when he performed… (The photo is of) Ray soaking in the applause and the pure joy of the moment. It’s clean and graphic, which I knew would work well at stamp size.”

Charles’ stamp is to be released on Monday, the late singer’s birthday, and Ashanti and Chaka Khan have signed up to perform at two launch events.

Recent Headlines

in National

Missouri racial unrest mounts; U.S. leaders call for calm

police

Lawmakers are calling for calm and a change in police tactics as the St. Louis suburb continues to be rocked by racially charged clashes.

in National

Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids

Google

Google is considering online accounts for children under 13, giving parents control over how the service is used.

in Local

Mill And Connecticut Rivers High In Bacteria

Riveralt3

Swimmers and boaters are advised to stay out of the Mill River and the Connecticut River until E. Coli levels subside.

in Local

Northampton Pot Shop CEO Steps Down

marijuana

The CEO of a proposed Northampton medical marijuana outfit is stepping down amidst accusations he lied on his resume.

in Local

SJC: Child Porn Convict Can Keep Pension

gavel

The state’s highest court has ruled that a former Amherst High School teacher can keep his state pension despite a child pornography conviction.