Ladies & Gentillymen, Mr. Ray Charles

Found this (that I’ve never before seen or heard) thanks to the every-loving Boing Boing: Ray Charles covering the hell out of “Ring of Fire” on the Johnny Cash Show:

UPDATE (8.7): I meant also to add there’s a personal significance to seeing these two legends together in this clip, as they represent half of the first music I adored as a child. I couldn’t tell you how many times Cash’s “Boy Named Sue” and Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack” I played over and over and over and over. And over. The other two were Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk” from the sountrack of the movie “Hatari,” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” better known to me then as the theme from “The Lone Ranger.” The moment any of these songs would finish I’d race back to my mom’s Admiral hi-fi and move the needle carefully back to the beginning and start it all over again.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."