Ray Charles Tribute Planned
Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises during a tribute concert planned for the fall.Friends of the late Ray Charles will sing his praises during a tribute concert planned for the fall. Bill Cosby will host and Michael McDonald, James Ingram, Gerald Levert and Angie Stone are slated to perform at the Sept. 29 concert at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Charles died June 10 of acute liver disease. He was 73.
The event will raise money for the $15 million Morehouse College Center for the Arts in Atlanta. Charles gave the black liberal arts college $2 million to help fund the complex, which will contain a performance space in his name.
"This college is near and dear to his heart," a representative for the late artist said. "He performed there, it's in his native Georgia, and it was where he received his honorary degree."
As previously reported, the biopic "Ray," starring Jamie Foxx, arrives Oct. 29 in U.S. theaters.
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