Ray Charles Exhibit to Open at Hall of Fame in 2006

Ray Charles will be the focus of a major exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, beginning March 10, 2006, and running through Dec. 31, 2007. Titled I Can’t Stop Loving You: Ray Charles and Country Music, the exhibit will feature artifacts, instruments, song manuscripts, costumes, photographs, rare music and more. Charles is best known to country fans for his 1962 landmark album, Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music. Facilitated primarily by Ray Charles Enterprises, the 5,000-square-foot exhibit will follow Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970. Charles died in 2004 at age 73. … In related news, a U.S. Postal Service facility in Los Angeles will be renamed the Ray Charles Post Office Building during ceremonies Wednesday (Aug. 24). The structure on Washington Boulevard is located down the street from a building that housed Charles’ business offices and recording studios.