A Tribute to The Genius of Ray Charles
Add another popular music figure to the list of full scale productions based on their life.
“Dreamgirls” is loosely based on [lastfm]the Supremes[/lastfm].
“Jersey Boys” is not so loosely based on the lives of “[lastfm]Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons[/lastfm].”
[lastfm]Elton John[/lastfm] is now the subject of a musical in the works about his life.
A musical based on the life and music of Neil Sedaka, called Laughter In The Rain, premiered last week in Bromley, England for a short run there.
Even Paul Anka wants to put together a Broadway musical about his life and music!
“Unchain My Heart,” a stage musical of the life and music of [lastfm]Ray Charles[/lastfm], will open on Broadway November 7, with previews beginning October 8. As yet, no cast has been announced.
FYI, here are Ray Charles ALL-TIME Top 10 songs….(and year it reached its peak position on the charts)
1. I Can’t Stop Loving You — 1962 **
2. Hit The Road Jack — 1961 **
3. Georgia On My Mind — 1960
4. You Don’t Know Me — 1962
5. Busted — 1963
6. Crying Time — 1966
7. You Are My Sunshine — 1962
8. One Mint Julep — 1961
9. Take These Chains From My Heart — 1963
10. Unchain My Heart — 1962
** reached #1