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Born this week, on September 23rd, 1930, was the legendary Ray Charles. One of the most prolific rhythm & blues and soul artists of all time, he is ranked at #10 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” and #2 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Over the course of his career, Charles released dozens of albums. It all started with his self titled debut in 1957, which featured one of his most loved songs, “I Got A Woman.” Some of Charles’ other hits include “What’d I Say,” “Georgia On My Mind,” and “Hit The Road Jack.” The biopic Ray, starring Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (he won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance), was released in 2004, the same year as his death.
Charles wasn’t the only legend born on this day, though. He shares September 23rd with not his boss, but ‘The Boss,’ Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen was born in 1949 in New Jersey (yes, you guessed it). Springsteen is known for his blue collared ethic and for rocking with the E Street Band. Springsteen released his first album in 1973, Greetings From Ashbury Park. Since that time, Springsteen has released a strand of incredible albums, including Born To Run, Darkness On the Edge of Town, The River, Nebraska, and Born In The U.S.A. His most recent album is 2012’s Wrecking Ball. In the United States alone, Springsteen has solf over 65 million albums.
On September 24th, 1967, Traffic made their live debut as a band for a show at Saville Theater in London. The group was formed by Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Chris Wood, and Jim Capaldi. They debuted with their album Mr. Fantasy in 1967, and went on to release another seven. Winwood has had a very successful solo career, and is also known for playing with bands Spencer Davis Group and Blind Faith, the supergorup that also featured Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. Mason has had a very successful solo career as well.