In 1972 legendary musician Ray Charles released A Message from the People, an album that included his soulful rendition of the patriotic ballad “America the Beautiful.” If you were around for our nation’s bicentennial in 1976, then you’ve probably heard this version before. And while there are many different versions of this song, there’s something about Charles’ performance that we love.
It gives us chills every time we hear it, and fills us with a sense of patriotism. See what we mean, and take a look at the following performance from The Dick Cavett Show in 1972. And, for another incredible performance by Ray Charles click here.