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 soul music genre 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 music, 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 black 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. He became friends with Quincy Jones. Their friendship lasted until the end of Charles's life. Frank Sinatra called Ray Charles "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion.

In 2002, Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on its 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
Dream a Little Dream, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Early Rock-N-Roll Love Songs Various Artists 1
Elemental Rhythm & Blues Various Artists 1
Elemental Rhythm & Blues: Smooth & Soulful Various Artists 1
epitome of Cool Various Artists 1
Essential 60's The Musicmakers 1
Evergreen melodies Various Artists 1
Evergreens Willie Nelson 1
Everybody Loves Somebody Various Artists 1
Fabulous 50s Various Artists 1
Falling in Love II Various Artists 1
Fever - Get Hip to the Cool Vibes Various Artists 1
Glazbeni primjeri 4. vrste Various Artists 1
Golden Juke-Box Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Golden Memories, Volume 22 Various Artists 1
Golden Oldies Are Here to Stay Various Artists 1
Great Voices in Jazz Various Artists 1
Greatest Oldies: Collectors Edition, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Greatest Oldies: Collectors Edition, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
Haruki Murakami Soundtracks I Various Artists 1
Haruki Murakami Soundtracks II Various Artists 1
Haruki Murakami Soundtracks III Various Artists 1
Heart 'n' Soul of Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
Heroes of Rock & Roll Various Artists 1
Hollywood Soundtrack for the Season Various Artists 1
House of David: The David "Fathead" Newman Anthology David "Fathead" Newman 1
I Wish You Love Various Artists 1
Il Grande Blues di Repubblica Various Artists 1
Jazz in the Night Various Artists 1
Jazz on a Winter's Night Various Artists 1
Last Christmas Various Artists 1
Late Night Jazz Various Artists 1
Le canzoni del secolo, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
Le Top du Blues Various Artists 1
Led Zeppelin's Jukebox Various Artists 1
Legends of the Century Various Artists 1
Les Légendes du jazz Various Artists 1
Les plus belles voix du Jazz Various Artists 1
Let’s Have a Party Various Artists 1
Letters From Vietnam Various Artists 1
Ligado no Sucesso Various Artists 1
Lindy Essentials, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Lindy Essentials, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
Lindy Essentials, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
Lindy Essentials, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
Lindy Essentials, Volume 16 Various Artists 1
Lindy Essentials, Volume 28 Various Artists 1
Lindy Essentials, Volume 29 Various Artists 1
Living the Blues: 1955-1956 Blues Classics Various Artists 1
Living the Blues: Vocal Classics Various Artists 1
Louisiana Piano Rhythms Various Artists 1
Love Songs Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 43: Early Soul Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 61: Early Soul Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 98: Early Soul Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts: The Sixties Box 2 Various Artists 1
Mastermix Jock in a Box, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 14: Party Various Artists 1
Memories Are Made of Hits: Fabulous Hits of the 50's & 60's Various Artists 1
Merry Christmas Various Artists 1
More of That Lovin' Feeling Various Artists 1
Music From the Films of Martin Scorsese Various Artists 1
Musik für unterwegs: Oldie Hits Various Artists 1
My Very Special Guests George Jones 1
Nightcap Jazz Various Artists 1
Old Style Love Songs 1 Various Artists 1
Oldies 50 + 60 Ties, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Oldies but Goodies, Volume 13 Various Artists 1
Original Legends Various Artists 1
Original Oldies: 50's & 60's, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Parlons d'amour Various Artists 1
Party Rock Juke Box Hits 1958-1968 Various Artists 1
Pre Fab! Various Artists 1
Raw Blues Various Artists 1
Really Got the Blues Various Artists 1
Remember...1961 Various Artists 1
Rescue Me: 100 Number 1 Hits From the 50s to 70s Various Artists 1
Rhythm & Soul N°3 Various Artists 1
Rock Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop: The Greatest Songs From Early Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
Royal Gallery: Romantic Paradise Various Artists 1
Santa’s Mixed Bag (disc 1) Various Artists 1
Schmuse-Songs, Vol. 3 Various Artists 1
Schmusehits Various Artists 1
Songs of Yesterday, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Soul Brother Soul Sister Various Artists 1
Soul Brothers and Sisters Various Artists 1
Soul: Volume Two Various Artists 1
Southern Smoke, Volume 19: Dub Edition (Hosted by Ying Yang Twins & Baby "Birdman") DJ Smallz 1
Stand by Me: 22 Original Soul Hits Various Artists 1
Stardust Records Presents: Vocal & Jazz Ecstasy Various Artists 1
Startime Various Artists 1
Summertime Blues Various Artists 1
Super Oldies Collection Various Artists 1
Taste It: The Collection INXS 1
That's Amore Various Artists 1
The 50's Decade, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
The 60's Collection: 60's Soul Various Artists 1
The Best (Música Americana) Various Artists 1
The Best Love Songs of the 70’s 80’s and 90’s Various Artists 1

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