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