Ray Charles
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1930-09-23
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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by ...

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius".

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Hit The Road Jack
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
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Hallelujah I Love Her So Hallelujah I Love Her So Hallelujah I Love Her So Hallelujah I Love Her So
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Come Rain Or Come Shine
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Come Rain Or Come Shine Come Rain Or Come Shine Come Rain Or Come Shine Come Rain Or Come Shine
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Let The Good Times Roll
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Hit The Road Jack (feat. The Raelettes)
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Hit The Road Jack (feat. The Raelettes) Hit The Road Jack (feat. The Raelettes) Hit The Road Jack (feat. The Raelettes) Hit The Road Jack (feat. The Raelettes)
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What I’d Say
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What I’d Say What I’d Say What I’d Say What I’d Say
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Take These Chains From My Heart
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Take These Chains From My Heart Take These Chains From My Heart Take These Chains From My Heart Take These Chains From My Heart
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We'll Be Together Again
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We'll Be Together Again We'll Be Together Again We'll Be Together Again We'll Be Together Again
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My Heart Cries For You
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My Heart Cries For You My Heart Cries For You My Heart Cries For You My Heart Cries For You
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Biography

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius".

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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