USPS inducts Ray Charles into Music Icons Stamp Series

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Ray Charles is the latest music legend to be featured on a stamp.

On what would have been his 83rd birthday, the Father of Soul became the latest inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icons Forever Stamp Series Monday.

Charles learned piano at a young age and taught himself how to play saxophone after going blind.

Over the course of his career, he won 17 GRAMMY awards, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986, an award for lifetime achievement in 1987, the National Medal of Arts in 1993 and, his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The limited-edition Ray Charles Forever Stamp as well as Ray Charles Forever, a deluxe CD collection featuring the unreleased recording of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and the exclusive bonus track, “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was,” will be available at major Post Office locations across the country, as well as online at