Born in Albany, Georgia, in 1930, Ray Charles was raised in Greenville, Fla., just about 45 miles east of Tallahassee.
While it’d take a few dozen chapters to explain his influence on American music and musicians around the world, suffice it to say that for fans of jazz, blues, country, R&B and many other musical genres, Ray Charles is the performer.
So let me leave it at this:
You can pay your respects to Ray by paying a visit to the Ray Charles statue on public display at the Haffye Hays Park in Greenville.
If you’re en route to Jacksonville, Tallahassee, or Pensacola along Interstate 10, just jump off at Exit 241 (Hwy 221), drive about two miles north, and where you see the town a sign will point you in the right direction.
Stopping to see the bronze statue is a nice way to remember a true musical genius -- and to remind you to once again tune into his rich catalogue of American classics.