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.

Fans won't forget their friends
More 'Friends' predictions
Who doesn't watch 'Friends'?

Relieve that stress! Swat a bug

Actress builds attractive rÈsumÈ
Sorg audience will help compose an opera
Top Tens
Wyle digs gig on 'ER'
Add splash of inspiration

'Idol' vote 'racist,' says Elton John
Ray Charles studio takes its place in history
Robert Downey Jr.'s marriage ending
Harden gives birth to twins
Yo-Yo Ma will get 7 million viewers in live show

Get to it: a guide to help make your day
The Early Word: Jump on your weekend
TV Best Bets