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Alfred Celebrates the Legacy of Ray Charles with 80th Anniversary Sheet Music Collection

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alfred Music Publishing, the official print music publisher of thousands of popular artists and songwriters, releases the officially licensed commemorative edition of The Ray Charles 80th Anniversary Sheet Music Collection, arranged for piano, voice, and guitar.

The Ray Charles 80th Anniversary Sheet Music Collection features 28 classic songs that Ray Charles recorded over a 50-year span (1953 – 2003), highlighting the enduring legacy of the man affectionately known as the “Genius.” Each sheet music transcription accurately renders his signature piano riffs and solos, and provides lyrics, vocal melodies, and chord changes. Pianists and fans of the Grammy®-winning popular music pioneer will enjoy playing and singing to unforgettable songs as “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” “Mess Around,” “What’d I Say,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and many more. A sure collector’s item, the songbook presents a fun and challenging assortment of some of popular music’s most enduring standards—and an opportunity to practice the techniques of the “Genius” himself.

The songbook includes full color photos that capture candid Ray Charles performances and recording sessions, along with a foreword by Victor Vanacore, who worked with Ray Charles for more than a decade as a conductor, musical director, and arranger. Bonus features include historical facts about the songs in the sheet music collection amidst signature Ray Charles quotes.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving the environment, this songbook is printed on recycled paper stock.

The Ray Charles 80th Anniversary Sheet Music Collection (00-37217) is now available for $24.99 at music retail stores and at

Titles: Ain't That Love * America the Beautiful * Busted * Christmas in My Heart * Come Rain or Come Shine * Crazy Love * Georgia on My Mind * Hallelujah I Love Her So * Here We Go Again * Hit the Road Jack * I Can't Stop Loving You * I've Got a Woman * Let the Good Times Roll * Let's Go Get Stoned * Mary Ann * Mess Around * Night Time Is the Right Time * One Mint Julep * Over the Rainbow * Ruby * Seven Spanish Angels * Sinner's Prayer * That Lucky Old Sun * That Spirit of Christmas * This Little Girl of Mine * Unchain My Heart * What'd I Say * You Don't Know Me.