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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.

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