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Ray Charles

Ray Charles (Vocals)

Born: 23rd September 1930, Albany, Georgia, U.S.

Died: 10th June 2004, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Nationality: American

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Ray Charles Robinson, Sr. 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.

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