[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Saturday, 19 June, 2004, 00:40 GMT 01:40 UK
In pictures: Ray Charles' funeral
Photo of Ray Charles at his funeral
1 of 7
Some 1,500 invited guests packed LA's First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Friday to pay tribute to Ray Charles.
Service in First African Methodist Episcopal Church in LA
2 of 7
Big names from the American music world joined gospel singers to celebrate the life of the legendary singer.
BB King
3 of 7
Blues guitarist BB King described the late 73-year-old as "one of the greatest that has ever been".
Stevie Wonder
4 of 7
Stevie Wonder, who is also blind, said Ray Charles' voice had "touched my heart".
Clint Eastwood
5 of 7
Actor and friend Clint Eastwood paid tribute to the singer as a "great teacher".
Willie Nelson embraced by the Reverend Jesse Jackson
6 of 7
Willie Nelson seemed overcome after singing a tear-jerking rendition of Georgia On My Mind.
Pallbearers carry the casket
7 of 7
Charles' cortege was due to pass in front of his former recording studio before travelling on for a private burial.


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific