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Mourners Say Goodbye to Music Legend Ray Charles

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Mourners Say Goodbye to Music Legend Ray Charles

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Mourners Say Goodbye to Music Legend Ray Charles

Mourners Say Goodbye to Music Legend Ray Charles

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Mable Jones, one of the famed Raylettes backing Ray Charles on tour, talks about the musician's life and legacy in the NPR West studios in Los Angeles. Toyia Baker, NPR hide caption

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Ray Charles' piano at a memorial casket viewing at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Roy Hurst, NPR hide caption

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The Tavis Smiley Show bids music legend Ray Charles a final goodbye. On Thursday, a long line formed around the Los Angeles Convention Center where people paid their final respects to the music legend. We hear from Mable John, who wrote more that 52 songs for Ray Charles and served as lead vocalist and director of the Raylettes backup singing group.