Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter)

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Legal name: Ray Charles Robinson

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), known professionally as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "The Genius". Charles was blind from the age of seven.

He pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He also contributed to the integration of country and rhythm and blues and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.

Charles cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was also influenced by country, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues artists of the day, including Louis Jordan and Charles Brown. In the late forties he became friends with Quincy Jones, to whom he learned the ropes of arranging jazz music. Their friendship would last till the end of Charles' life.

Frank Sinatra called him "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion.

In 2002, Rolling Stone ranked Charles at number ten on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and number two on their November 2008 list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". Billy Joel observed: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley".

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 The Great Ray Charles Ray Charles 3
1957 Ray Charles (Hallelujah I Love Her So) Ray Charles 4 5
1958 Soul Brothers Milt Jackson & Ray Charles 2
1958 Yes Indeed! Ray Charles 3
1959 The Genius of Ray Charles Ray Charles 6
1959 What'd I Say Ray Charles 2
1960 The Genius Hits the Road Ray Charles 3
1961 Ray Charles and Betty Carter Ray Charles & Betty Carter 5 4
1961 The Genius After Hours Ray Charles 3
1961 The Genius Sings the Blues Ray Charles 3
1961 Dedicated to You Ray Charles 1
1961 Genius + Soul = Jazz Ray Charles 7
1961 Soul Meeting Ray Charles & Milt Jackson 1
1962 Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Ray Charles 5 2
1962 Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volume 2 Ray Charles 1
1963 Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul Ray Charles 2
1964 Sweet & Sour Tears Ray Charles 2
1965 The Sensational Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1966 Cryin' Time Ray Charles 1
1966 Ray's Moods Ray Charles 1
1968 A Portrait of Ray Ray Charles 2
1969 I'm All Yours Baby! Ray Charles 1
1970 Love Country Style Ray Charles 1
1972 A Message From the People Ray Charles 1
1974 Come Live With Me Ray Charles 1
1975 Renaissance Ray Charles 1
1976 Porgy & Bess Ray Charles & Cleo Laine 1
1977 True to Life Ray Charles 1
1978 Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1980 Brother Ray Ray Charles 1
1983 Wish You Were Here Tonight Ray Charles 2
1985 The Spirit of Christmas Ray Charles 3
1988 Just Between Us Ray Charles 1
1990 Would You Believe? Ray Charles 1
1993 My World Ray Charles 1
1996 Strong Love Affair Ray Charles 3
2000 Friendship Ray Charles 3
2002 Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again Ray Charles 1
2004 Genius Loves Company Ray Charles 12
2005 Genius & Friends Ray Charles 2
2006 Ray Sings, Basie Swings Ray Charles + Count Basie Orchestra 4
2013 What'd I Say Ray Charles 1
Don't Put All Your Dreams in One Basket Ray Charles 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Do the Twist! With Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1962 Greatest Hits Ray Charles 1
1970 The Best of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1971 A 25th Anniversary in Show Business Salute to Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1974 The World of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1981 Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles 1
1982 Soul Brothers / Soul Meeting Ray Charles & Milt Jackson 3
1984 C.C. Rider Ray Charles 1
1987 His Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Ray Charles 1
1987 His Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Ray Charles 1
1987 The Right Time Ray Charles 1
1987 The Tender Side of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1988 Anthology Ray Charles 3
1988 20 Greatest Hits Ray Charles 2
1988 Greatest Country & Western Hits Ray Charles 3
1988 Greatest Hits Ray Charles 2
1988 I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles 1
1988 Super Hits Ray Charles 2
1988 The Best of Ray Charles, Volume 2 Ray Charles 1
1988 The Wonderful World of Ray Charles: 20 Golden Hits Ray Charles 1
1989 Blues Is My Middle Name Ray Charles 2
1989 Le Triomphe des Stars Ray Charles 1
1989 Ray Charles Ray Charles 5 1
1989 Seven Spanish Angels and Other Hits Ray Charles 1
1990 Castle Masters Collection: Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1990 The Collection Ray Charles 1
1991 The Birth of Soul Ray Charles 1
1991 The Classic Years Ray Charles 1
1992 Uh Huh: His Greatest Hits Ray Charles 2
1992 The Genius Ray Charles 1
1992 The Ray Charles Gold Collection Ray Charles 1
1992 Unvergeßliche Songs Ray Charles 1
1993 The Collection Volume 2 Ray Charles 1
1993 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles 1
1993 The Very Best Of Ray Charles 1
1993 The Very Best of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1993 The World of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1994 Hit the Road Jack: The Best of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1994 The Best Of Ray Charles 1
1994 The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years Ray Charles 1
1994 The Birth Of A Legend: 1949-1952 Ray Charles 1
1994 Blues Ray Charles 1
1994 Hey Now Ray Charles 1
1994 Sittin' on Top of the World Ray Charles 3
1994 The Great Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1994 The Hits of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1994 The Very Best: Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles 1
1995 Best Of Ray Charles 1
1995 Best of Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1995 Jazz & Blues Collection 3: Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1995 The Genius Hits the Road Ray Charles 1
1996 Blues Is My Middle Name Ray Charles 1
1996 The Entertainers Ray Charles Ray Charles 1
1996 The Revue Collection Ray Charles 1
1997 Hey Now! Ray Charles 1
1997 Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul / Have a Smile With Me Ray Charles 1
1998 Standards Ray Charles 1

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