Ray Charles

Soul musician, singer and songwriter. Born 23 September 1930. Died 10 June 2004
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 started going blind at the age of 5. At 7, he was completely blind.

He pioneered the soul music genre 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 music, 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 black 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. He became friends with Quincy Jones. Their friendship lasted until the end of Charles's life. Frank Sinatra called Ray Charles "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion.

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Eleanor Rigby
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Eleanor Rigby
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Georgia On My Mind
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Georgia On My Mind
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Over The Rainbow
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Over The Rainbow
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Oh What A Beautiful Morning!
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Oh What A Beautiful Morning!
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Hit The Road Jack
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Hit The Road Jack
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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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Take These Chains From My Heart
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Take These Chains From My Heart
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Shake A Tail Feather
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Shake A Tail Feather
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Hey, Good Lookin'
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Hey, Good Lookin'
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Mess Around
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Mess Around
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I Can't Stop Loving You
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I Can't Stop Loving You
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
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Hallelujah I Love Her So
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Seven Spanish Angels (feat. Ray Charles)
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Seven Spanish Angels (feat. Ray Charles)
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Shake Your Tailfeather
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Shake Your Tailfeather
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One Mint Julep
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One Mint Julep
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I Got A Woman
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I Got A Woman
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Busted
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Busted
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Basin Street Blues
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Basin Street Blues
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Baby Grand
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Baby Grand
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Drown In My Own Tears
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Drown In My Own Tears
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