Ray Charles - Sondz

Overview

Ray Charles Robinson Sr. (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers ever, and he was often referred to by contemporaries as "The Genius". Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". 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 Records. 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 o...

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Born23 Sep. 1930, in Albany
Died10 June 2004 (Aged: 73), in Beverly Hills
AreaUnited States
Years active52
StatusInactive
GenderMale
Involved with

Margie Hendrix

Role(s)Electric PianoAlto SaxophonePianoVocalCompiler
Label(s)AtlanticRhinoConcord RecordsABC-ParamountRhino AtlanticColumbiaTangerine RecordsABC RecordsDCC Compact ClassicsDirect Source Special Products Inc.
Label managementRay Charles Enterprises, Inc. (label founder)Crossover Records (label founder)

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Collaborators

NameRole(s)
David “Fathead” Newman
David “Fathead” NewmanTenor saxophoneCreditAlto saxophoneSoloSaxophoneBaritone saxophone
Jerry Wexler
Jerry WexlerProducerTambourine
Edgar Willis
Edgar WillisBassBass guitarDouble bass
Sid Feller
Sid FellerProducerArrangerConductor
Ahmet Ertegun
Ahmet ErtegunProducer
Marty Paich
Marty PaichConductorArrangerProducer
The Raelettes
The RaelettesBackground vocalsCreditVocal
John Hunt
John HuntTrumpet
Joe Bridgewater
Joe BridgewaterTrumpet
Hank Crawford
Hank CrawfordAlto saxophoneBaritone saxophone