Thursday, April 29, 2004

Ray Charles studio takes its place in history



The city of Los Angeles is honoring Ray Charles for his edifice complex.

The Grammy winner's recording studios, built 40 years ago in central Los Angeles, will get official city historic landmark designation during dedication ceremonies Friday at the Washington Boulevard building also housing his offices and RPM International Inc.

Actor Clint Eastwood will unveil the plaque.

"I love this place," the 73-year-old Charles said. "It's the only home I've truly had for most of my professional career and I would never leave it."

Charles has recorded at Ray Charles Studios for four decades. His upcoming Ray Charles Duets was the latest album produced at the facility.

Designed and built by Charles and his longtime manager Joe Adams, RPM and its creators have remained loyal to the neighborhood throughout the area's evolution over the years.

During the early days of construction, the pair would often visit the site, with Adams gently guiding Charles through the skeletal maze of steel and concrete that would become their longtime professional home.




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