Full Name: Ray Charles Robinson
Biography: 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".
- 1951-07-31 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia
- 1955-04-05 American musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard
- 1960-11-14 Ray Charles' single "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1
- 1961-04-12 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4
- 1962-06-02 Ray Charles' cover of Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You", from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard
- 1979-04-24 US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as official state song
- 1980-06-20 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and featuring appearances by Aretha Franklin; Cab Calloway; and Ray Charles opens in 594 theaters
- 1986-01-23 Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips
- 2005-08-26 US Postal Service christens a Los Angeles facility as "The Ray Charles Station"