Ray Charles
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1930-09-23
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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. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "The Genius". Charles was blind from the age of seven.

He pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He also contributed to the integration of country and rhythm and blues 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 cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was also influenced by country, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues artists of the day, including Louis Jordan and Charles Brown. In the late forties he became friends with Quincy Jones, to whom he learned the ropes of arranging jazz music. Their friendship would last till the end.

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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 Can't Stop Loving You
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I Can't Stop Loving You
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You Don't Know Me
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You Don't Know Me
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Busted
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Busted
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
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Let The Good Times Roll
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Let The Good Times Roll
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I Got A Woman
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I Got A Woman
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Take These Chains From My Heart
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Take These Chains From My Heart
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Hit The Road Jack (Laudz Bootleg)
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Hit The Road Jack (Laudz Bootleg)
Count Basie & His Orchestra
Oh, What A Beatiful Morning
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Oh, What A Beatiful Morning
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Georgia On My Mind
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Georgia On My Mind
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I Don't Need No Doctor
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I Don't Need No Doctor
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What'd I Say
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What'd I Say
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Eleanor Rigby
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Eleanor Rigby
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Born To Lose
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Born To Lose
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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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Unchain My Heart
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Unchain My Heart
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I Believe To My Soul
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I Believe To My Soul
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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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Shake A Tail Feather
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Shake A Tail Feather
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