R&B Pioneer And Legend, Raymond Charles Robinson, Was Born In Albany, Georgia On September 23, 1930. Known Worldwide By His Stage Name, Ray Charles, The Blind Superstar Had A Career That Spanned More Than 50 Years. He Was An Innovative, Music Pioneer Who Helped Shape The Sound Of Modern Rhythm And Blues (Or Soul) Music.
Charles Began Recording R&B And Pop Music During The 1950's. He And Sam Cooke Were Leading Figures In Developing Soul Music -- A Fusion Of Gospel, Blues, With A Touch Of Country Influence.The Versatile Singer, Songwriter And Pianist Also Successfully Performed Rock 'N' Roll, Gospel, And Jazz, And Led The Way For Black Performers.
Among His Other Hits: "What'd I Say," "Hit The Road Jack," "Busted," "The Night Time Is The Right Time (To Be With TheOne You Love)," "In The Heat Of The Night," "Georgia On MyMind (This Song Was Made Into The Official State Song For Georgia) And "Unchain My Heart." Charles' Rendition Of "America The Beautiful " Has Been Called The Definitive Version Of The Song.
Frank Sinatra Once Called Ray Charles "the only true genius in the business" And In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine Ranked Him #10 On Their List Of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He Was One Of The First Inductees Into The Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame At Its Inaugural. He Received The Kennedy Center Honors in 1986. In 1987, He Was Awarded The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1991, He Was Inducted Into The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
Ray Charles Died June 10, 2004, Of Liver Cancer, At His Home In Beverly Hills, California.
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