Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Brother Ray.

Founded

September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia

Full Name

Ray Charles Robinson

Date of Birth

September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia

Still Alive

Date of Death

June 10, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California

Later Influenced

Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel

Ray Charles before a performance c. 1959.
Ray Charles before a performance c. 1959.

About The artist

"Mr. Charles claimed all of American music as his birthright. He made more than 60 albums, and his influence echoes through generations of rock and soul singers."
The New York Times

"The only true genius in show business."
Frank Sinatra

Did you know...

In 1948, Ray accompanied a friend to Seattle, Washington. There he met and befriended a 15-year-old Quincy Jones.

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BeBop

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Electric Blues

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The blues plugs in.

Rock & Roll

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The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th-century.

Doo-Wop

Doo-Wop

Rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.