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Ray Charles

Music Icons

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue September 23, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 60,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.46
Perforation or Dimension 1.225 x 1.225 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm
Series Music Icons
Series Time Span 2013 - 2018
Issue Location Los Angeles, CA 90052/Atlanta, GA 30304
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 16 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 3,750,000
Original Purchase Price: $7.36
SKU: 579500
Dimension: 7.0 x 7.0 in./177.8 x 177.8 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged

Press Sheet With Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $66.24
SKU: 579506

Press Sheet Without Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $66.24
SKU: 579508

First-day Cover (full Pane, Los Angeles)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.86
SKU: 579518

First-day Cancelled (full Pane, Los Angeles)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.86
SKU: 579519

First-day Cover (los Angeles)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.90
SKU: 579516

First-day Cover (atlanta)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.90
SKU: 579517

First-day Cover (full Pane, Atlanta)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.86
SKU: 579520

First-day Cancelled (full Pane, Atlanta)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.86
SKU: 579529

Digital Color Postmark (los Angeles)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.61
SKU: 579521

Digital Color Postmark (atlanta)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.61
SKU: 579522

Ceremony Program (2 Stamps, 2 Cancellations)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 579530

Framed Art

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $39.95
SKU: 579524

Poster

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $14.95
SKU: 579525

Keepsake (pane & Digital Color Postmark Set)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 579510

About Stamp

On September 23, 2013, in Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia, the Postal Service™ will issue a Ray Charles (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 23, 2013.

The U.S. Postal Service proudly honors inspiring musician Ray Charles with a stamp, one of several that inaugurates the Music Icons series. This extraordinary composer, singer, and pianist, blind since childhood, went beyond category, blending blues, gospel, country, jazz, and soul music in a unique and highly influential pop music style. His many hits included “I’ve Got a Woman,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

The stamp art features an image of Charles, taken later in his career, by photographer Yves Carrère. The stamp sheet was designed to evoke the appearance of a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the sheet includes the stamps and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve. A larger version of the photograph featured on the stamp and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side.

Looking back over the course of his long career, there seemed to be little Charles couldn’t do. His work spanned almost the entire breadth of American music and brought him 17 Grammy Awards, plus an award for lifetime achievement in 1987. His many other prizes include the National Medal of Arts, awarded in 1993, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986. That same year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He performed at the White House many times for several different presidents.

Art director Ethel Kessler worked on the stamp sheet with designer Neal Ashby. The Ray Charles stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp.

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Red

Creators

Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Designer: Neal Ashby, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Neal Ashby, Alexandria, VA.
Existing Photo: Yves Carrere.
Modeler: Donald Woo.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22370. Copyright: USPS.

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