Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter)

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles. 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", although Charles downplayed this notion. He was blind from age seven. His best friend in music was South Carolina-born James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", and like Charles an active lifelong Republican.

The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse and stride piano styles.

Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten 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".

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1965 The Definitive Jazz Scene, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1985 Half Nelson Willie Nelson 1
1986 The Bridge Billy Joel 3.5 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 1
1989 Victim of Love Dee Dee Bridgewater 1
1992 Sing Songs of Joe Raposo Sesame Street 1
1993 C.C. Rider 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 2
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
2006 Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2008 Golden Retro Hits Vol.1 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
25 Blues 'N' Soul Greats Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Dinner Party Jazz Various Artists 1
Rockin' Pianos Various Artists 1
Solid Gone Blues Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1960 The Blues in Modern Jazz Compilation Various Artists 1
1982 Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time: The Jazz Singers (disc 6) Compilation Various Artists 1
1982 The History of Rock, Volume 8 Compilation Various Artists 1
1985 Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974, Volume 1: 1947-1952 Compilation Various Artists 1
1985 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation Hank Williams, Jr. 3
1987 All Time Rock'n Roll Hits, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 All Time Rock'n Roll Hits, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Prime All-Time-Hits: Jazz and Blues Club, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1956 Compilation Various Artists 1
1987 Yesterdays Gold, Volume 4 Compilation Various Artists 2
1988 American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Volume 4 Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 Lean On Me Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1954-1955 Compilation Various Artists 1
1988 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1959 Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 Blues Classics Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 Les Plus Grands Moments Country Compilation Various Artists 2
1989 Originals 20 Crooners Compilation Various Artists 1
1989 R & B Rhythm & Blues Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 Beat, Twist & Rock 'n' Roll Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 Rock Times, Volume 03: 1959-1960 Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 Steve Vaus Presents: The Stars Come Out for Christmas, Volume II Compilation Various Artists 1
1990 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Roots of Rock: 1945-1956 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 The Glory Of Christmas 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Just for the Record… Compilation Barbra Streisand 7

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