The making of Ray Charles’ previously unreleased “Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters” was the topic of conversation at the Grammy Museum’s “The Drop” series, presented by American Express, on September 21. The album, which is being released on October 26, includes never-heard-before compositions from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, and a very special duet with Johnny Cash. PHOTO: JOEL AMSTERDAM



Taking part in the discussion, which coincided with Ray Charles’ 80th birthday week, were (from left) Concord Music Group Chief Creative Officer and album producer, John Burk; Valerie Ervin, president, the Ray Charles Foundation; legendary television producer and Concord Music Group co-owner Norman Lear; Tony Gumina, president, the Ray Charles Marketing Group; and Robert Santelli, executive director, the Grammy Museum.

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