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Ray Charles

Musician Ray Charles

Full Name: Ray Charles Robinson
Profession: Musician

United States of America

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

Generation: Silent Generation
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 American musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1962-06-02 Ray Charles' cover "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard
  • 1986-01-23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)

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