Ray Charles - Sondz

Overview

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...

Facts

Born23/9/1930, in Albany
Died10/6/2004 (Aged: 73), in Beverly Hills
AreaUnited States
Years active49
StatusInactive
GenderMale
Involved withMargie Hendrix
Role(s)Electric PianoAlto SaxophonePianoCompiler
Label(s)AtlanticRhinoConcord RecordsABC-ParamountRhino AtlanticColumbiaABC RecordsDCC Compact ClassicsHear MusicCastle Communications
Label managementRay Charles Enterprises, Inc. (label founder)Crossover Records (label founder)

Collaborators

NameRole(s)
David “Fathead” Newman
David “Fathead” NewmanTenor saxophoneCreditAlto saxophoneSoloSaxophoneBaritone saxophone
Jerry Wexler
Jerry WexlerProducerTambourine
Edgar Willis
Edgar WillisBassDouble bassBass guitar
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 CrawfordBaritone saxophoneAlto saxophone