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|Death||19 years ago|
|Date of birth||September 23,1930|
|Date of died||June 10,2004|
|Children||Sheila Raye Charles|
|Ray Charles Robinson, Jr.|
|Charles Wayne Hendricks|
|Books||Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story|
|The Piano Transcriptions|
|Ray - Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Ray: Essential Piano Songs : Transcribed for Piano, Voice & Guitar|
|Georgia on My Mind (Sheet Music)|
|The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years|
|You're the voice|
|Ray: Pro Vocal Men's Edition|
|Spouse||Della Beatrice Howard Robinson|
|Songs||SongsHit the Road JackRay Charles Greatest Hits · 1962 I Can't Stop Lovin' YouRay Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music · 1962 Seven Spanish AngelsAlways On My Mind · 1982 View 25+ more|
|Skos genre||Country music|
|List||What'd I Say, Pt. 1 & 2What'd I Say · 1959|
|Hit the Road JackRay Charles Greatest Hits · 1962|
|I Believe to My SoulThe Genius Sings the Blues · 1961|
|What'd I Say, Pt. 1What'd I Say · 1959|
|Albums||Hallellujah I Love Her So (HD...|
|Genius Loves Company|
|Modern Sounds in Country...|
|Ray Charles Live|
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Blue's Big Musical Movie
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music
The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave
Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice
Blues for Lovers
20 Feet from Stardom
Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration
Face of Unity
Hudson & Halls
A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
Hit the Turnpike
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years
Grammy Award for Album of the Year
Kennedy Center Honors
Grammy Award for Record of the Year
Grammy Hall of Fame
Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album
Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance
Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song
NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award
Grammy Award for Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female
World Music Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution To The Music Industry
Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Porin Award for Best Foreign Jazz Music Album
Porin Award for Best International Album Outside of Classical and Jazz Music
Ray Charles Life story
Ray Charles Robinson Sr. was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. He is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers in history, and was often referred to by contemporaries as "The Genius". Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray".
Early LifeRay charles was born on september 23. 1930 in albany. Georgia. He was born into a poor family and his fathre was a mechanic and his mohter was a housewife. He was born blind due to glaucoma. But he had a strong will and determination to make something of himself.
Musical TalentRay chalres had an innate musical talent which he developed from a young age. He learned to play the piano. Trumpet. Saxophone and guitar and he could read and write music in braille. He was known for blending the genres of jazz. Blues. Gospel and country music.
CareerRay charles began his muscial career in 1947. Performing in small clubs and bars. He gained more attention in the early 1950s and he released his first hit single. i got a woman. In 1955. He had many hit songs throughout the 1950s and 1960s including what d i say. georgia on my mind and hit the road jack.
Awards and AchievementsRay charles won 12 grammy awards during his career. Including one for lifetime achievement. He was also inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 1986 and the blues hall of fame in 2008.
ActivismRay charles was a strong advocate of civil rgihts and he was a vocal supporter of the civil rights movement. He was one of the first celerbities to speak out for equal rights for african americans and he actively campaigned for equal rights throughout his career.
Personal LifeRay charles was married twice and he had 12 chlidren. His first marriage was to eileen williams in 1955 and thye had four children. His second marriage was to norma pinella in 1964 and they had eight children.
Health ProblemsRay charles struggled with drug addiction trhoughout his life and he was also diagnosed with liver disease in the early 1990s. He underwent surgery in 1993 to remove a cancerous tumor from his liver. But he eventulaly deid from the disease in 2004.
LegacyRay charles is remembered as one of the most influenital musicians of all time and he has been credited with changing the face of popular music. His influence can be heard in many genres. From jazz to soul and orck and roll.
Important EventIn 2004. Ray charles received a star on the hollywood walk of fame. The star was unveiled by his frined and fellow musician. Willie nelson.
Interesting FactRay charles was the first african-american to be featured on the cover of time magazine in 1999.
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