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  American Masters . Ray Charles | PBS
His name is Ray Charles, and if you turn your radio to any station you will hear the influence of his ground-breaking music.
Ray Charles was born into a poor family on September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia, though he was raised in Florida.
To this day, Ray Charles is one of the most important influences on popular music.
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  Ray Charles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ray Charles Robinson was born in Albany, Georgia to Bailey and Aretha Robinson.
Charles scored his first Atlantic hit in 1953 with the release of the Ahmet Ertegun-composed "Mess Around" single, he had another hit with the version of "It Should Have Been Me," but his career went into high gear with the gospel drive of "I Got a Woman" (1955).
Charles was significantly involved in the biopic Ray, an October 2004 film which portrays his life and career between 1930 and 1966 and stars Jamie Foxx as Charles.
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Ray Charles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia.
Ray Charles' final public appearance came on April 30, 2004, at the dedication of his music studio as an historic landmark in the city of Los Angeles.
Charles was significantly involved in the critically-acclaimed biopic Ray, an October 2004 film which portrays his life and career between 1930 and 1966 and stars Jamie Foxx as Charles.
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 Ray Charles
Ray Charles has the distinction of being both a national treasure and an international phenomenon.
Despite his intense reticence to expose the personal portion of his life to public scrutiny, Ray Charles is as outspoken about his opinions on matters of global interest as he is about matters of music.
This was the incident that propelled Ray Charles into an active role in the quest for racial justice, the development of social consciousness that led him to friendship with and moral and financial support of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 New Georgia Encyclopedia: Ray Charles (1930-2004)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ray Charles Robinson was born in Albany on September 23, 1930, the same year that Hoagy Carmichael composed "Georgia on My Mind." A few months after his birth his mother, Aretha Williams, moved with RC (as everybody called the young Charles) to Greenville, a small town in north Florida.
After he was declared legally blind at the age of seven, she enrolled him in the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, where he remained for nine years, until her death in 1945.
Charles insisted that he was only doing what came naturally—playing the music that came straight from his soul.
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 Ray Charles
Born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia, on September 23, 1930, the eldest son of Bailey and Aretha Robinson.
Ray was admitted to The St. Augustine School of the Blind and Deaf as a charity patient.
Ray Charles was living on top of the world, when he was arrested in the Boston Airport for drug possession in 1964.
www.cascadeblues.org /History/charles_ray.htm   (2115 words)

  
 CMT.com : Ray Charles : Biography
Born Ray Charles Robinson on Sept. 23, 1930, in Albany, Ga., Charles was first exposed to country music via broadcasts of the Opry on Nashville radio station WSM-AM.
Charles began recording in 1949, and this early, imitative approach was captured on several sessions.
Charles continued to hit the country chart in the '80s, primarily on the basis of his collaborations with country artists.
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 VH1.com : Ray Charles : Biography - Urge Music Downloads
Charles' first recordings came in for their fair share of criticism, as they were much milder and less original than the classics that would follow, although they're actually fairly enjoyable, showing strong hints of the skills that were to flower in a few years.
It was at Atlantic Records that Ray Charles truly found his voice, consolidating the gains of recent years and then some with "I Got a Woman," a number-two R&B hit in 1955.
Charles' influence on the rock mainstream was as apparent as ever; Joe Cocker and Steve Winwood in particular owe a great deal of their style to him, and echoes of his phrasing can be heard more subtly in the work of greats like Van Morrison.
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 USATODAY.com - Can't stop loving the legendary Ray Charles sound   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ray Charles, who virtually invented soul music by infusing RandB with gospel fervor, was often called the Genius for his significant influence not only on urban music, but jazz and country as well.
Charles refused to be limited by genres or demographics, which allowed him to appeal to the broadest possible spectrum of fans.
Charles, who is survived by 11 children, 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, always bristled at the idea of retirement.
www.usatoday.com /life/music/news/2004-06-10-ray-charles-obit_x.htm   (1450 words)

  
 Ray Charles Biography
Charles was born during the Great Depression in the Deep South and was raised on blues, country, gospel, jazz and big band music.
Ray Charles Robinson was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Albany, Ga. His father, Bailey Robinson, was a mechanic and a handyman, and his mother, Aretha, stacked boards in a sawmill.
The Ray Charles version of the piece was declared the official song of the state of Georgia in 1979.
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 Music legend Ray Charles dies - R&B/SOUL MUSIC - MSNBC.com
Charles was feeble, and was walked to the electric piano, but backstage he held artists like Brian Wilson, Diana Krall, Norah Jones and John Mayer in thrall.
Charles saw his brother drown in the tub his mother used to do laundry when he was about 5 as the family struggled through poverty at the height of the Depression.
Charles was one of the legends receiving Kennedy Center Honors in 1986, cited as “one of the most respected singers of his generation...
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 Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Ray Charles
Ray Charles, singer, pianist, saxophonist, composer, and band leader, is a towering figure in popular music.
When Charles was a small child, his family moved to Greenville, FL, where at the age of five, he started to go blind as a result of glaucoma.
Charles, also an internationally famous concert performer, has appeared on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry and in countries from those of Scandinavia to England, Italy, Spain, and India.
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 BBC - Music / Profiles - Ray Charles
Known as 'the Genius', Ray Charles was an American institution; virtually inventing soul music singlehandedly with his 1959 hit "What'd I Say".
Ray Charles was my oldest friend, my brother in every sense of the word and bigger than life - a musical genius that made every song he performed his own.
Born Ray Charles Robinson, he was blinded by glaucoma by the age of 7.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/profiles/charlesray.shtml   (384 words)

  
 CNN.com - Ray Charles dead at 73 - Jun 11, 2004
Ray Charles overcame blindness and poverty to become a pop music legend.
Ray Charles Robinson -- he later changed his name to avoid confusion with the noted boxer -- was born in Albany, Georgia, on September 23, 1930.
In 1962, Charles decided to release an album of country music, "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music," which broke new ground by combining soul and country music and was seen as a risk by many observers at the time.
www.cnn.com /2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/10/obit.charles   (1556 words)

  
 Ray Charles
Charles also played a major role in the recording of USA for Africa's "We Are the World" single in 1985.
In the '90s Charles appeared in commercials for Pepsi and was the subject of a PBS documentary.
Charles was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1982.Charles was also inducted into the Rock and Roll's Hall of Fame in its inaugural year 1986.
www.history-of-rock.com /ray_charles.htm   (867 words)

  
 Ray Charles
Ray Charles came into this world as Ray Charles Robinson from Albany, GA, and he left it as Ray Charles Robinson with a huge list of professional accomplishments as well as a string of mistresses, two marriages, nine children (with five different women), twenty grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
After the service, he was placed in a hearse, and the cortege paused briefly in front of Ray's studio, where this sign adorned the door, before heading to Inglewood Park Cemetery, where he was wheeled one last time to the Sanctuary of Eternal Love, and placed in a wall crypt.
Ray tried to pull him out, but he was too heavy for him to lift.
www.findadeath.com /Deceased/c/Raycharles/ray_charles.htm   (1769 words)

  
 Amazon.de: The Definitive Ray Charles: Musik: Ray Charles,Ray Charles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Definitive Ray Charles wird sich jeder Fan von Ray Charles anhören wollen, denn hier ist es zum ersten Mal gelungen, die Spitzenhits aus Charles' Zeit bei Atlantic mit seinen erfolgreichsten ABC-Paramount-Titeln in einer Kollektion zu vereinen.
There are plenty of Ray Charles compilations to choose from - some focusing on a particular era or a particular aspect of Ray's career.
Despite Ray's ability to write his own songs, the two songs for which he is best remembered are both covers.
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 Ray Charles
Charles displayed his genius by combining elements of gospel and blues into a fervid, exuberant style that would come to be known as soul music.
Charles studied composition and mastered a variety of instruments, piano and saxophone principal among them, during nine years spent at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind.
March 16, 1955: Ray Charles hits #2 on the RandB charts with the Atlantic single “I Got A Woman”;, widely considered the first song to be labeled “soul”—a blending of RandB and gospel.
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 Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Ray Charles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
According to Silver, this was the time when Charles "gave his earthy voice its freedom, hammered some gospel chords on the piano, and invented soul music." That hit, "I've Got a Woman," was quickly followed by many more, all reflecting the same sure-fire formula that thrilled his fans and infuriated church folk.
Charles labelled himself as being a "junkie" but insisted that he was always in control of his money, his career, and his life.
Charles has reached the half-century mark of performing, composing, and arranging his own music and that of anybody else's he chooses.
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 Amazon.com: Genius Loves Company: Music: Ray Charles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ray first did it in 1962, and the song is made richer with the jazzy counterpoint of Krall's flawless voice--another contribution from Phil Ramone.
Ray introduced and inducted masterful songwriter Van Morrison into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the summer of 2003, and their resulting duet, to Morrison's "Crazy Love" (from his amazing album, "Moondance") kick started the whole duet album concept.
Ray lost some of his edginess, but he could still play a mean piano, and of the 13 singers on this CD, he has the most soulful voice.
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 AskMen.com - Ray Charles
Ray Charles was one of the entertainment industry's true survivors.
Ray had a whole catalog of classic tunes, including "I Got A Woman," "What'd I Say" and "Georgia On My Mind." "Hit The Road Jack" was recently used in a car ad, and who can forget him in the Diet Pepsi ads from the early 1990s?
Ray Charles absorbed the sounds he heard in blues, gospel, pop, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, and early rock 'n' roll, rearranged them in his head, and helped create what would come to be known as soul.
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 NPR : Ray Charles, American Legend, Dies at 73
NPR.org, June 11, 2004 ·; American musical icon Ray Charles died Thursday of complications from liver disease at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 73.
Known as "The Genius" since the early 1950s, Charles started out primarily as a jazz and blues pianist and singer in the style of his early musical idols such as Nat "King" Cole and pianist Charles Brown.
Born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Ga., on Sept. 23, 1930, Charles grew up in Greenville, Fla. He contracted an unknown illness at the age of four that began to affect his eyesight and within three years, he was completely blind.
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 Ray Charles : Rolling Stone
The title "genius" was formally bestowed on Ray Charles with the release of his 1959 album The Genius of Ray Charles.
Though he was not yet thirty at that point, Charles had already helped invent what would become known as soul -- shattering the boundaries between sacred and secular music in the...
Singer/composer/pianist Ray Charles virtually invented soul music by bringing together the fervor of gospel, the secular lyrics and narratives of blues and country, the big-band arrangements of jazz, and the rhythms and improvisational possibilities from all of them, making music that was both sophisticated and spontaneous.
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 Ray Charles
The Very Best of Ray Charles, released in March 2000, is an album that should be part of all CD collections because it lives up to its title's ambition.
Ray Charles was first encouraged by local pianist Wylie Pitman to play music.
Ray Charles' duets with Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, B. King and others, posthumously released, once more remind us of the loss of a famous pianist, singer and songwriter.
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