Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter)

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Legal name: Ray Charles Robinson


Raymond Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. He was sometimes referred to as "The Genius", and was also nicknamed "The High Priest of Soul".

He pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He also contributed to the racial integration of country 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 was blind from the age of seven. Charles cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was also influenced by jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and country artists of the day, including Art Tatum, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Louis Armstrong. Charles' playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse, and stride piano styles. He had strong ties to Quincy Jones, who often cared for him and showed him the ropes of the "music club industry."

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

In 2004, 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 2 Various Artists 5 2
1985 Half Nelson Willie Nelson 1
1986 The Bridge Billy Joel 4 6
1986 Atlantic Jazz: Soul Various Artists 4 1
1986 The Country Collection 2 Various Artists 2
1988 16 All-Time Love Songs Volume 1 Various Artists 5 1
1989 Soul Party Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
1989 Victim of Love Dee Dee Bridgewater 1
1992 Sing Songs of Joe Raposo Sesame Street 1
1993 American Graffiti Various Artists 1
1993 C.C. Rider Various Artists 1
1994 The Many Moods of Romance: That’s My Desire Various Artists 1
1996 Best of the Blues Various Artists 1
1996 Globo Special Hits 2 Various Artists 1
2001 Forever Gold: Great Blues Masters Various Artists 1
2001 Playin' With My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues Tony Bennett 3
2003 Out of Sight! Poncho Sanchez 2
2004 The Ultimate Blues Collection Various Artists 1
2005 Sounds of the Season: The NBC Holiday Collection Various Artists 1
2005 Fuc*in' Rock'n'Roll Руки вверх! 5 1
2006 Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2008 Smooth Jazz: Piano Songs Various Artists 1
2010 All of These Things Jamde 1
2011 The Help: Music from the Motion Picture Various Artists 1
2011 Here Come The nice Various Artists 1
2011 Bar Jazz Various Artists 1
2012 Talent Blues Condensed Various Artists 1
2013 American Heartbreakers Various Artists 1
25 Blues 'N' Soul Greats Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Dinner Party Jazz Various Artists 1
Halfway to Paradise Various Artists 1
Rockin' Pianos Various Artists 1
Roots of Rock N' Roll Various Artists 1
Solid Gone Blues Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 The Blues in Modern Jazz Various Artists 1
1963 Fabulous Dick Hyman & His Orchestra 1
1982 Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: The Jazz Singers (disc 6) Various Artists 1
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
1983 Salut Les Copains Various Artists 1
1985 Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974, Volume 1: 1947-1952 Various Artists 1
1985 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Hank Williams, Jr. 3
1986 Atlantic Jazz: Piano Various Artists 1
1987 All Time Rock 'n Roll Hits I Various Artists 1
1987 All Time Rock 'n Roll Hits II Various Artists 1
1987 Prime All-Time-Hits: Jazz and Blues Club, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1987 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1956 Various Artists 1
1987 Yesterdays Gold, Volume 4 Various Artists 2
1987 Yesterdays Gold: 120 Golden Oldies, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1987 Yesterdays Gold: 120 Golden Oldies, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1987 Yesterdays Gold: 120 Golden Oldies, Volume 3 Various Artists 1

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