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Ray Charles

Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004) was a highly influential and acclaimed performer who successfully fused country, jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel music. Born Ray Charles Robinson in Georgia, he grew up poor and by age 7 went totally blind.

In 1948, he formed the McSon Trio with whom he had his first chart hit, "Confession Blues" (1949). Throughout his career, he had many songs that topped the R&B and Pop/Rock charts, starting with the groundbreaking "I've Got A Woman" (1955). From 1980-1987, he had a string of Country chart hits including "Seven Spanish Angels" (1985, with Willie Nelson). His backup musicians included the Raeletts (a.k.a. the Cookies) and the Jack Halloran Singers. He also performed duets with jazz singer Betty Carter. His last charted song was in 1993, "A Song For You," for which he received his 12th Grammy.

Over the years, Ray Charles received numerous awards and in 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Ray Charles And Betty Carter

  • Baby It's Cold Outside     1962
    ("Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Ray Charles & Betty Carter was the Top Pick in 2004 on this website. This song was previously an R&B chart hit in 1949 for Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan.)

Ray Charles

  • Baby, Don't You Cry (The New Swingova Rhythm)     1964

  • Busted     1963
    (This song also became a hit for Johnny Cash (1963).)

  • Crying Time     1965

  • Don't Change On Me     1971

  • Don't Set Me Free     1963

  • Eleanor Rigby     1968
    (This song was previously a hit for the Beatles (1966) and later also became a hit for Aretha Franklin (1969).)

  • Georgia On My Mind     1960
    (This song, which was previously a hit for Frankie Trumbauer (1931), topped the charts for Ray Charles in 1960 and later also became a hit for the Righteous Brothers (1966), Wes Montgomery (1968), Willie Nelson (1978), and Michael Bolton (1990). In 1979, Ray Charles' version of "Georgia On My Mind" was named as the official song of the State of Georgia.)

  • Hardhearted Hannah     1960

  • Here We Go Again     1967
    (This song later also became a hit for Nancy Sinatra (1969).)

  • Hide 'Nor Hair     1962

  • Hit The Road Jack     1961
    (This song topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and later also became a hit for the Stampeders (1976). "Hit The Road Jack," which is performed by Ray Charles and Margie Hendricks of the Raelettes in the style of a male-female duet, is a funny heated exchange between a fed-up woman and her no-good man. This song received a Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording, and it is also included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.)

  • I Can't Stop Loving You     1962
    (This soulful country-pop song, which was written by Don Gibson who first had a hit with this song in 1958, topped the R&B, Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts for Ray Charles in 1962 and later also became a hit for Count Basie (1963). "I Can't Stop Loving You" is listed in the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.)

  • I Chose To Sing The Blues     1966

  • In The Heat Of The Night     1967

  • Let's Go Get Stoned     1966

  • My Heart Cries For You     1964
    (This song was previously a hit for Guy Mitchell (1951).)

  • One Mint Julep     1961
    (This instrumental song was previously a hit for the Clovers (1952) and Chet Atkins (1960).)

  • Ruby     1960
    (This song was previously a hit for Richard Hayman (1953) and also became a hit for Adam Wade (1960).)

  • Sticks And Stones     1960

  • Take These Chains From My Heart     1963
    (This song was previously a hit for Hank Williams (1953).)

  • That Lucky Old Sun     1963
    (This song was previously a hit for Frankie Laine (1949).)

  • Together Again     1966

  • Unchain My Heart     1961
    (This song later also became a hit for Herbie Mann (1968).)

  • Without Love (There Is Nothing)     1963
    (This song was previously a hit for Clyde McPhatter (1957) and later also became a hit for Oscar Toney, Jr. (1968) and Tom Jones (1970).)

  • Yesterday     1967
    (This song previously topped the charts for the Beatles (1965) and later also became a hit for En Vogue (1992).)

  • You Are My Sunshine     1962
    (This song was previously a hit for Bing Crosby (1941) and Johnny & the Hurricanes (1960) and later also became a hit for Mitch Ryder (1967).)

  • You Don't Know Me     1962
    (This song was previously a hit for Jerry Vale (1956) and Lenny Welch (1960) and later also became a hit for Elvis Presley (1967) and Mickey Gilley (1981).)

  • Your Cheating Heart     1962
    (This song was previously a hit for Hank Williams (1953), George Hamilton IV (1958) and Billy Vaughn (1959).)

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