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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
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A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
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Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
December 7, 2007
Albany -- Willie Moody belts out one of Ray Charles original songs with the honor of knowing that without him he would not be on this stage.
"I recall sitting on his lap after the first performance and encouraged me and told me to just be the best musician I can be," said Moody.
Moody opened for Ray Charles when he was only seven years old back when Ray performed in Albany years ago. And now he is the opening performer during his memorial dedication.
"He kind of laid the ground work for me as a blind musician to be successful and carve a niche for ourselves," said Moody.
Crowds sang along to songs that helped influence the styles of many artists.
"My father could make you laugh. He could make you cry. His ability to move people emotionally is what I think captivated his audience. And it continues to do that even in his passing," said Ray Charles daughter, Sheila Raye Charles.
But the common theme with those who knew and worked with Charles was his passion.
"He put his heart and soul into it. He was a perfectionist. If one band member was a little off; he would stop the whole concert and tell that band member to get it right," said Ray Charles son, Corey Charles.
"Surround yourself with the best never ever stop practicing," said Sheila Raye Charles.
"Ray Charles is and awesome person. He is an awesome artist and blind musicians across the country should be extremely grateful for the road he paved for us," said Moody.
A road that is now forever memorialized by his statue along the flint river.