Ray Charles
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1930-09-23
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Ray Charles

Biography

Raymond Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. He was sometimes referred to as "The Genius", and was also nicknamed "The High Priest of Soul". He pioneered ...

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Biography

Raymond Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. He was sometimes referred to as "The Genius", and was also nicknamed "The High Priest of Soul".

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Hit The Road Jack (feat. The Raelettes)
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Hit The Road Jack (feat. The Raelettes)
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I've Got A Woman (Dan Gerous & Basement Freaks Bootleg)
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I've Got A Woman (Dan Gerous & Basement Freaks Bootleg)
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
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I Can't Stop Loving You
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I Can't Stop Loving You
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Your Cheatin' Heart
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Your Cheatin' Heart
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A Fool For You
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A Fool For You
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Take These Chains From My Heart
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Take These Chains From My Heart
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Baby It's Cold Outside
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Baby It's Cold Outside
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What I'd Say
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What I'd Say
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You Don't Know Me
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You Don't Know Me
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Ray Charles Biography

Raymond Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. He was sometimes referred to as "The Genius", and was also nicknamed "The High Priest of Soul".

He pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He also contributed to the racial integration of country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.

Charles was blind from the age of seven. Charles cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was also influenced by jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and country artists of the day, including Art Tatum, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Louis Armstrong. Charles' playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse, and stride piano styles. He had strong ties to Quincy Jones, who often cared for him and showed him the ropes of the "music club industry."

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