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Ray Charles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), better known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, was an American musician. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” Rolling Stone ranked Charles number 10 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley. I don't know if Ray was the architect of rock & roll, but he was certainly the first guy to do a lot of things . . . Who the hell ever put so many styles together and made it work?" Description above from the Wikipedia article Ray Charles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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Sep 23, 1930 In Albany, Georgia USA
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First Appeared:
In the movie Ballad in Blue 1965-02-18
Latest Project:
Movie I Am Not Your Negro 2017-02-03
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Movie I Am Not Your Negro Himself (archive footage) 2017-02-03
Movie Face of Unity Himself 2014-01-01
Movie Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built Self 2007-05-02
Movie Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' Himself 2003-05-26
Movie Spy Hard Busdriver 1996-05-24
Movie Love Affair Himself 1994-10-21
Movie Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Ray Charles 1989-01-01
Movie Limit Up Julius 1989-11-02
Movie We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song Himself 1985-01-28
Movie The Statue of Liberty Himself 1985-10-26
Movie Octopussy Thug 1983-06-05
Movie The Blues Brothers Ray 1980-06-17
Movie Barbra Streisand... and Other Musical Instruments Himself 1973-02-10
Movie The Big T.N.T. Show Himself 1966-01-07
Movie Ballad in Blue himself 1965-02-18
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