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RAY CHARLES AMERICA is a fresh look at the life, impact and influence of the unconventional American icon who transcended every musical genre. This ninety-minute film commemorates the 80th anniversary of Ray Charles’ birth and explores the life and music of the man, the musician, the genius. The film features unprecedented access to the Ray Charles archives including a wealth of rare and never-before-seen footage, photos and more than 25 of Charles’ recordings. The special includes: A yet to be released recording of “It Hurts to Be In Love;” a never-before seen interview at his studio not long before his passing; live video from his recording sessions for “Genius Loves Company” including his duet with Willie Nelson for “It Was a Very Good Year” and his duet with Elton John for “Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word; an amazing performance of “Ring of Fire” on the Johnny Cash Show; and a tour of his private recording studio in LA including his wardrobe, chessboard and personal Braille address book and magazines. The many interviewees in the program include Clint Eastwood, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher, Elton John, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Quincy Jones, Ben Harper, Common, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, B.B. King, Taylor Hackford, Glen Campbell, Tom Waits and Norman Lear.