Ray Charles
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1930-09-23
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Ray Charles

Ray Charles Biography (Wikipedia)

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), known professionally 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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I Don't Need No Doctor
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I Don't Need No Doctor
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Born To Lose
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Born To Lose
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I Can't Stop Loving You
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I Can't Stop Loving You
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It Makes No Difference Now
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It Makes No Difference Now
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One Mint Julep (feat. Quincy Jones)
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One Mint Julep (feat. Quincy Jones)
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Hit The Road Jack (Laudz Bootleg)
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Hit The Road Jack (Laudz Bootleg)
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In The Heat Of The Night
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In The Heat Of The Night
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Roll With My Baby
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Roll With My Baby
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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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Georgia On My Mind
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Georgia On My Mind
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Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
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Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
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