Charles’ appreciation for country music was well-known among his cohorts. This proved to be true when he recorded the emotional ballad “Seven Spanish Angels” with Nelson in 1984. Their duet was included on Nelson’s album Half Nelson and hit No. 1 shortly after its release.
They captured the tragedy of death, all the while singing about an incredible love to the soundtrack of a beautiful melody.
Your heart will break when Nelson sings, “She reached down and picked the gun up/That lay smokin’ in his hand/Said, ‘Father please forgive me/I can’t make it without my man’/And she knew the gun was empty/And she knew she couldn’t win/But her final prayer was answered/When the rifles fired again.“
The song became Charles’ most successful song out of a total of a whopping eight country hits. As an R&B/soul singer, that’s pretty impressive! But then again, he is Ray Charles.
The two icons sat behind a piano together and played “Seven Spanish Angels” for their adoring crowd just a few weeks after recording it. While they may, at first, seem like an unconventional pairing, their voices sound absolutely incredible together and will prove your thinking wrong almost immediately.
Watch their bone-chilling performance below.
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