Ray Charles - Songs


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 performs "What'd I Say" on The Ed Sullivan Show (December 8, 1968).

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Ray Charles And Betty Carter

Ray Charles

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