Ray Charles Robinson, Sr. (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "the Genius". Charles was blinded during childhood, possibly due to glaucoma.
Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic. He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.
Charles's 1960 hit "Georgia On My Mind" was the first of his three career No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. His 1962 album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music bec...
|Born||23/9/1930, in Albany|
|Died||10/6/2004 (Aged: 73), in Beverly Hills|
|Involved with||Margie Hendrix|
|Role(s)||Electric PianoAlto SaxophonePianoCompiler|
|Label(s)||AtlanticRhinoConcord RecordsABC-ParamountRhino AtlanticColumbiaABC RecordsDCC Compact ClassicsHear MusicCastle Communications|
|Label management||Ray Charles Enterprises, Inc. (label founder)Crossover Records (label founder)|