Ray Charles: Rare and Classic Photos of an American Genius, 1966 | LIFE.com

Ray Charles: Rare and Classic Photos of an American Genius, 1966 (Photo: Bill Ray)

Amy

Amy Winehouse, such a beautiful voice so unique it is a shame she died so young. Favorite song from her would have to be "Back to black

Stevie Wonder + Ray Charles

afrikan-mapambano: Ray Charles and a young Stevie Wonder in Detroit, 1962

Sade Adu - British Nigerian singer-songwriter, composer, and recording artist

Black History Month: Natural Hair Icons

Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, uncredited photo

Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra---Great Friends and Mutual Admiration Here In These Two Unforgettable Voices Music Legends.The Lady Was No Tramp The Guy Definitely Did It His Way.What A Pairing.

Miles Davis

During the 69 years that he lived he managed to enrich Jazz music in America.

Billie Holiday at the d’Orly airport, Paris, photographed by Jean-Pierre Leloir, 1958.

Billie Holiday, d’Orly airport, Paris, 1958 Jean-Pierre Leloir

Herbie Hancock, who made his debut on Blue Note, at his "Inventions & Dimensions" session of August 30, 1963.

Herbie Hancock during his Inventions and Dimensions session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, August 301963 (photo by Francis Wolff)

Billie Holiday

giants at play : life with jazz legends " not published in life. billie holiday sings her standard, "fine and mellow," accompanied by james p. johnson on piano and others, new york, 1943 "

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