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Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles Airs on WETA This Friday >>

A WETA co-production presents a White House concert featuring interpretations of the popular music of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles, who won 17 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors among other accolades, this Friday, February 26 at 9pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Joe Cocker, the Wild Raspy Voiced Mentor of Rock 'n' Roll, Passes Away at 70

Joe Cocker, Wild, Raspy-Voiced Mentor of Rock 'n' Roll, Dies at 70 >>

A most resounding voice in all of rock 'n' roll, Joe Cocker, the mad man, has died. He was 70. The English rocker found a unique formula for covering some of the greatest rock songs in history. His covers of songs like The Beatles's "With a Little Help from My Friends" have made their way into the most-favorited songs and performances of all time. A rich musical legacy, Cocker was a victim of lung cancer. Perhaps it is his performance at Woodstock — which my father has been able to describe to me with the most intricate detail — that defined the crazed singer's style, but he has also been a major figure in pop culture.

Pick 'Em: Terri Lyne Carrington's 'Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue' for Best Instrumental Jazz Album Grammy >>

In keeping up with the pre-Grammy hysteria this week, we here at Classicalite want to keep you readers abreast of only the most pertinent news. This one comes as an update (and perhaps our projected winner) to the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

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