We remember Ray Charles, who was born in Florida on this day in 1930. He died in 2004.
I did not know this about his life:
Ray Charles was not born blind. In fact, it took almost seven years for him to lose his sight in its entirety.
He had seven years to see the joy and sadness of this big wonderful world — a world he would never see again.
As a seven-year-old child, in searching for light, he stared at the sun continuously, thereby eliminating all chances of the modern-day miracle, cornea transplants — a miracle of surgery unheard of in 1937.
Over the years, we’ve grown accustomed to his style and music. And nobody sings “American the beautiful” like Charles: