Of course Ray Charles was a staple in my house along with Henry Mancini, Doris Day, Dinah Shore, Lady Day, Trini Lopez, Herb Alpert and any number of the Rat Pack. Maybe that's where my appreciation for torch singers and instrumental jazz came from. The great thing about my parents was that they bought the first turntables and/or stereo gear for me. My fondest memories is of them buying a then 11 y.o. his first two LPs - Are You Experienced and Sgt. Peppers (which I still have) - for Xmas in '67............thanks again mom and dad!