Ray Charles Biography

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion. He was blind since age 7.

The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse and stride piano styles.

Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley".

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Ray Charles Foundation sues singer's children

Foundation files lawsuit over copyright claims

  • Apr 1, 2012

Jamie Foxx to take on another music role

Oscar-winner will play Skid Row prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers

  • Aug 18, 2007

Ray Charles memorabilia donated to museum

The items include his dark glasses and a Braille keyboard

  • Sep 22, 2005

RAY CHARLES WINS EIGHT GRAMMYS

But Franz Ferdinand miss out...

  • Feb 14, 2005

RAY OF HOPE

And the profits will go to a very good cause...

  • Jul 21, 2004

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