Another music legend is getting his own stamp.
The United States Postal Service recently announced plans to add late soul legend Ray Charles to its “Music Icons Forever” stamp series. Officials of the company planned on releasing the stamp on Monday, along with previously unreleased songs from the artist, and events are already being planned in Atlanta and Los Angeles, to celebrate the inclusion.
Scheduled to perform in Atlanta at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center is singer Ashanti and the Morehouse College Glee Club. At the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, an event commenerating the occasion will be headlined by Chaka Khan. Ray Charles joins a number of other musicians, who have previously received a stamp in their honor. They include Elvis Presley, Billie Holiday, and Mahahia Jackson.
In other music news, the club where the Beatles have launched their career is set to be sold at an auction next month.
The Cavern Club, located in the band’s native Liverpool, England, and the place where the Beatles honed their live performances, before meeting manager Brian Epstein, is set to be hit the auction block following the company going into administration last month. According to Britain’s The Times, the club will be sold off with the surrounding shopping center, and expected to fetch around $1.5 million.
The Cavern Club not hosted the Beatles, but over the years have also hosted performances from other artists including Elton John, The Who, and the Rolling Stones.