Ray Charles

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Ray Charles

Ray Charles


Ray Charles was born in Georgia on September 23, 1930. His family moved to Florida when he was an infant. Charles began to lose his sight and was blind by the age of 7. His mother sent him to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. He learned how to read, write and arrange music in Braille there. He also learned how to play piano, organ, sax, clarinet, and trumpet.

His Music

Ray Charles pioneered the genre of soul music. He was often called the "Father of Soul." Charles also combined many different genres like blues, jazz and gospel to create groundbreaking music.His career was difficult as first because of the end of WWII. It was hard for musicians to find work since there were no "GI Joe's" left to entertain.

Major Influences

Ray Charles moved to Seattle at 16. He met Quincy Jones there and became a friend and collaborator for the rest of his life. His early playing style resembled that of his two major influences, Charles Brown and Nat King. Charles later developed his own sound that was distinctive to him.

Popular Music

Hit The Road Jack

Other songs of his that are popular are: "Georgia On My Mind," "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "I Got a Woman."


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