Ray Charles - Songs


Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004) was a highly acclaimed and influential singer, songwriter, and pianist who successfully fused country, jazz, soul, R&B, and gospel music and became famous beginning in the late 1940s. His numerous signature songs include such classics as "Georgia On My Mind" (1960), "Hit The Road Jack" (1961), "I Can't Stop Loving You" (1962), "You Don't Know Me" (1962), and "Busted" (1963).

Born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia and raised in Greenville, Florida, he grew up in poverty and by age 7, had gone totally blind due most likely to glaucoma. He displayed a prodigious talent at a very early age and from 1937-1945, studied classical piano at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine. 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/or 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 at various times 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.

In 1986, Ray Charles became one of the inaugural inductees at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and his numerous other honors and accolades included multiple Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Polar Music Prize, and being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame. His rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" was named the state song of Georgia in 1979.




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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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