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Hallelujah, I Just Loved Him So

RIP, Brother Ray

And both men were uniters of the highest order. Just as Brother Ray did as much to bring together blacks and whites in the civil-rights era as any musician, so Willie did with the "heads and the reds" in Texas and elsewhere in the South. And each man also bridged the generation gap like few others. How many of us -- on finding a Willie or Brother Ray album stashed away on a shelf somewhere -- have come to realize that our parents or grandparents weren't so dorky after all? And in a time when our country is under attack from both within and without, isn't it comforting to know that we are still a people that can produce a man like Ray Charles?

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