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Heartwarming / Ray Charles

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  • He was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and gave a short but sweet speech. 13 years later, when Ray inducted Billy Joel, he received a huge ovation when he got up to the podium.
    Oh, you sure know how to make an old man feel good!
    • And Billy returned the favor later that night - while (sadly) the video doesn't appear to be on YouTube, he led the Rock Hall band and none other than Sir Paul McCartney in "What'd I Say." The recording's on iTunes, if you're curious.
  • Billy and Ray's relationship in general: Billy is a huge fan and was highly influenced by Ray's music. He geeked out when they met while recording "We Are the World" and they later recorded a song together called "Baby Grand." Ray, in turn, regarded Billy as a great friend (hence, his inducting the overwhelmed Joel in 1999).

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