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Birthday ***, 1930
Place of Birth Albany, Georgia
Death day June 10, 2004 (73 years old)
Zodiac Sign Libra
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Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and musician. Among his friends and fellow musicians, he likes to call himself "Brother Ray". He is often referred to as "Genius". Charles was blind as a child from glaucoma. Charles pioneered the soul music genre throughout the 1950s by incorporating blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for the Atlantic. He was instrumental in the amalgamation of country music, rhythm and blues and pop music throughout the 1960s with great success on ABC Records, most notably with two Modern Sounds albums. During his time with ABC, Charles became one of the first black musicians to gain control of art from a mainstream record label. Charles' 1960 hit "Georgia On My Mind" was the first of three best hits of his career on the Billboard Hot 100. His 1962 album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music became his first to top the Billboard 200

Birth name Ray Charles Robinson
Born September 23, 1930, Albany, Georgia, U.S.
Died June 10, 2004, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, blues, gospel, country, jazz, rock and roll
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, composer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1947–2004
Labels Atlantic, ABC, Tangerine/Crossover, Warner Bros, Swing Time, Concord, Columbia, Flashback
Associated acts The Raelettes, USA for Africa, Billy Joel, Gladys Knight, Hank Williams Jr, Willie Nelson
Website Ray Charles's Official site
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About Ray Charles

The Godfather of Soul Music who pioneered R&B and popular music with hits such as "Hit the Road Jack" and "Crying Time." He earned 17 Grammy Awards over the course of his long, successful career.

Ray Charles before fame

He went blind due to glaucoma when he was seven and started contemplating the world in terms of sounds. When he was fifteen, he left school and started playing piano for bands in Jacksonville, Florida.

Achievement of Ray Charles

After releasing the hit single "Georgia on My Mind," he cancelled a concert when he found out that the audience would be segregated. He was sued for breach of contract and fined $757.

Ray Charles family life

He married Eileen Williams on July 31, 1951 and, after their divorce in 1952, he married Della Beatrice Howard on April 5, 1955. He had a daughter named Alicia with an unknown woman. He had another daughter named Alexandra with Chantal Bertrand and a third child named Vincent with Arlette Kotchounian.

Associations of Ray Charles

Frank Sinatra once called Ray Charles "the only true genius in show business."

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Latest information about Ray Charles updated on June 14 2021.