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Ray Charles Sheds His Grace on America

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Posted By: Toledo, 3/26/2020 6:08:29 AM

As we were preparing to gather with family for dinner while sheltering from the coronavirus, an email arrived from a reader. Its subject line was “I-m-a-g-i-n-e.” Attached was a video of Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful” at the Republican National Convention in 1984 at Dallas. That was the convention that handed up President Reagan for the campaign in which he won a second term with a victory in 49 of the 50 states. What a unifying moment. We plan to share the video over dinner with our children, and why not with our readers, of whom we have been thinking constantly during this travail.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 3/26/2020 6:48:21 AM (No. 358295)
I'm an old man. I still get goose bumps when I hear America the Beautiful and our National Anthem.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs 3/26/2020 7:41:59 AM (No. 358326)
Wow. Thank you for posting.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Heraclitus 3/26/2020 7:44:58 AM (No. 358332)
Same with us, #1 I remember driving down the road a couple of days after 9/11, with Boston talk radio, WRKO, on my radio, and as I was driving past an enormous American flag waving magnificently in a breeze against a bright blue sky, and the station played this beautiful, beautiful Ray Charles rendition. Needed to pull over on the side of the road.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: ramona 3/26/2020 8:53:13 AM (No. 358421)
I show this to my undergrads before assigning them to practice their handwriting by writing (in cursive) the words to the first verse. Unfortunately many of them don't know the words. Like others, Ray Charles' rendition brings tears to my eyes. I get to share a great performance and love for our nation with the students. So blessed we are to have grown up at a time when everyone could sing along. Ramona (the Pest)
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lawsy0 3/26/2020 9:05:30 AM (No. 358434)
America's gold is still being refined in moments like these pull us together, locking arms across our land. God gave us the gold; we can polish it afresh.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Right Time 3/26/2020 11:17:43 AM (No. 358559)
I certainly hope that the Head of the Committee to Reelect Donald Trump is planning to prominently play this video during the RNC Convention, and all summer long
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Reply 7 - Posted by: ONEPATRIOT 3/26/2020 12:50:12 PM (No. 358720)
Yessss, have tears now hearing/seeing this video....indeed, play at convention, elsewhere...drive rats crazier....Ray was/is a national treasure...deserves medal of freedom if not received...
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Chuzzles 3/26/2020 1:25:11 PM (No. 358775)
I watched this convention, saw Charles do this song and boy it could give one shivers the way he did it. He also took a lot of flack from democrats for singing at the republican convention too. But he brushed it aside. Ray Charles was a very patriotic man.
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