Ray Charles

Musician Ray Charles Full Name: Ray Charles [Ray Charles Robinson]

United States of America

Profession: Musician
Why Famous: Known professionally as Ray Charles, he helped pioneer soul music with hits such as "Hit the Road, Jack", "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You".

Ray started to lose his sight at the age of four or five, and was completely blind by the age of seven, apparently resulting from glaucoma.

Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray" but was often referred to as "The Genius".

Born: September 23, 1930
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, USA

Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Libra

Died: June 10, 2004 (aged 73)
Cause of Death: Liver disease

Married Life

  • 1951-07-31 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia
  • 1955-04-05 Musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

Historical Events in the Life of Ray Charles

  • 1960-11-14 Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1
  • 1961-04-12 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

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