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First Name
Ray

Last Name
Robinson

Birthday
1930-09-23

Height
69

Build
Average

Eye Color
Brown - Dark

Hair Color
Grey

Birthplace
Albany, Georgia, United States

Zodiac Sign
Virgo

Died
2004-06-10

Place of Death
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

Cause of Death
Acute Liver Failure

Ethnicity
Black

Religion
Christian

Gender
Male

Nationality
American

Has Detailed Data (New)
1

Profile Bio Text
A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status by the time he died in Beverly Hills at age 73. Born to Aretha and Baily Robinson, an impoverished Albany, Georgia, family that moved to Greenville, Florida while he was still an infant. It was not a cause for joy and celebration. His father soon abandoned the family and his baby brother, George Robinson, drowned in a freak washtub accident. Ray himself developed glaucoma at the age of five and within two years had lost his sight completely. A singer in a Baptist choir, he developed a love and feel for rhythms and studied music at the State School for Deaf and Blind Children, showing which brought out his talent and ear for playing various instruments, including the piano and clarinet. An orphan by his early teens, Ray joined a country band at age 16 called The Florida Playboys. He moved to Seattle in 1948 where he and Southern guitarist Gossady McGee formed the McSon Trio. With an emphasis on easy-styled jazz, Ray also played in bebop sessions on the sly. He departed from the McSon Trio and signed with Los Angeles-based Swing Time Records, becoming the pianist for rhythm and blues great Lowell Fulson and his band. Atlantic Records eventually picked him up. Along the road he would add composer, writer and arranger to his formidable list of talents. Ray`s first R&B hit was "Confession Blues" in Los Angeles in 1949. In 1951 he had his first solo chart buster with "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand." His amazing versatility and raw, soulful delivery quickly caught on with audiences and helped put Atlantic Records on the map. Hits like "Mess Around," "Things I Used to Do," "A Fool for You," "I`ve Got a Woman," "Drown in My Own Tears", and especially "What`d I Say" in 1959, pushed gospel and R&B to a wider crossover audience. He made a move into the country music arena--unheard of for a black singer--in the 1960s, doing soulful spins on Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold tunes. In 1960 he left Atlantic and signed with ABC-Paramount. Under ABC-Paramount, hits poured out during this peak time with "I Can`t Stop Loving You," "Hit the Road Jack," "Busted" and his beloved signature song "Georgia On My Mind." His landmark 1962 album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" brought a new swinging style to country music. From there he traveled a mainstream route--from interpreting songs from The Beatles ("Eleanor Rigby") to appearing in "Diet Pepsi" ads ("You Got the Right One, Baby, Uh-huh!"). He also showed up sporadically in films, playing himself in the movie Ballad in Blue (1964) and guest-starring in The Blues Brothers (1980) with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. A TV musical variety favorite with his trademark dark glasses and dry humor, he worked alongside such musical legends as Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand on their very special evenings of song. It is hard to believe that with everything he accomplished, Ray also had to deal with a longstanding heroin problem. In the mid-`60s he was arrested for possession of heroin and marijuana and revealed that he`d been addicted for nearly two decades. By 1965 he had completely recovered. The man who lived life on the edge was divorced twice and had 12 children both in and outside his marriages. At the time of his death from liver disease in 2004, he was working on a recording project of duets with such performers as Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Elton John and Norah Jones. This collaboration entitled "Genius Loves Company" led to an incisive win at the Grammy awards--eight posthumous trophies including "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year."

Couple Profile Source
www.imdb.com/name/nm0153124/bio

Full Name at Birth
Ray Charles Robinson

Page Display = 2 (Legacy)
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Film Role
Soundtrack, Music Department, Actor/Actress

Friend
Quincy Jones

Music Genre
R&B, Pop/Rock, Blues, Jazz

Music Mood
Confident, Earthy, Energetic, Gritty, Party/Celebratory, Rambunctious, Rousing, Bittersweet, Bravado, Dramatic, Exuberant, Freewheeling, Organic, Passionate, Plaintive, Playful, Poignant, Swaggering, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earnest

Instrument
Leader, Piano, Vocals, Keyboards

Music Style
Soul, Early R&B, Piano Blues, Country Soul, Pop-Soul, Early Pop/Rock, Jazz Blues, Urban Blues, AM Pop

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Age
73

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Dating Preference
Black Girls

Occupation Text
Singer, Songwriter and Musician.

Brother
George Robinson

Mother
Aretha Robinson

Current Partner
11845

Claim to Fame
"Hit The Road Jack" (1961).

Distinctive Feature
Dark Shades.

Family Member
Ray Charles Robinson Jr. (Son)

Adsafe
1

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Has Detailed Data (76)
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Music Profile Complete
1

Has Videos
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Brand Endorsement
(1976) Print ads: Craig Powerplay Car Stereo systems, (1985-86) Print ads: Pioneer's LaserDisc video system, (early 1990s) TV commercial (Japan only): Honda autos, (1988-89) TV commercials (voiceovers, w/The Temptations): California Raisins, (early 1990s) TV commercial: Diet Pepsi, (2003) TV commercial: Georgia state lottery, (2002) Radio commercial: for milk ad campaign, singing and piano playing

Official Websites
www.raycharles.com/

Year(s) Active
1947–2004

Music Genre (Text)
Rhythm and blues, Soul, Blues, Jump Blues, Piano Blues, Soul Blues, Gospel, Country, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Rock And Roll

Instrument (text)
Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Trombone

Record Label
Atlantic, Abc, Warner Bros., Swing Time, Concord, Columbia, Flashback

Associated Acts
The Raelettes, USA for Africa

Official Websites
www.raycharles.com

Middle Name
Charles

High School
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, Florida, United States

Music Genre (Text)
R&B, soul, blues, jump blues, piano blues, soul blues, gospel, country, jazz, vocal jazz, pop, rock and roll

Instrument (text)
piano, keyboards

Record Label
ABC

Associated Acts
Billy Joel

Year(s) Active
1947–2001

Associated Acts
Gladys Knight

Dating Profile AutoText
Ray Charles died on 10th June, 2004. His last relationship was with Della Beatrice Howard, they were married for 21 years.

During his life he was married to Della Beatrice Howard from 1955 to 1977 and Eileen Williams from 1951 to 1952.

Wiki Bio Text
Ray Charles (I) (1930–2004) Soundtrack | Music Department | Actor Date of Birth 23 September 1930, Albany, Georgia, USA Date of Death 10 June 2004, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (liver failure) Birth Name Raymond Charles Robinson Nicknames The Genius of Soul Brother Ray The High Priest Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Mini Bio (1) A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status by the time he died in Beverly Hills at age 73. Born to Aretha and Baily Robinson, an impoverished Albany, Georgia, family that moved to Greenville, Florida while he was still an infant. It was not a cause for joy and celebration. His father soon abandoned the family and his baby brother, George Robinson, drowned in a freak washtub accident. Ray himself developed glaucoma at the age of five and within two years had lost his sight completely. A singer in a Baptist choir, he developed a love and feel for rhythms and studied music at the State School for Deaf and Blind Children, showing which brought out his talent and ear for playing various instruments, including the piano and clarinet. An orphan by his early teens, Ray joined a country band at age 16 called The Florida Playboys. He moved to Seattle in 1948 where he and Southern guitarist Gossady McGee formed the McSon Trio. With an emphasis on easy-styled jazz, Ray also played in bebop sessions on the sly. He departed from the McSon Trio and signed with Los Angeles-based Swing Time Records, becoming the pianist for rhythm and blues great Lowell Fulson and his band. Atlantic Records eventually picked him up. Along the road he would add composer, writer and arranger to his formidable list of talents. Ray's first R&B hit was "Confession Blues" in Los Angeles in 1949. In 1951, he had his first solo chart buster with "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand". His amazing versatility and raw, soulful delivery quickly caught on with audiences and helped put Atlantic Records on the map. Hits like "Mess Around", "Things I Used to Do", "A Fool for You", "I've Got a Woman", "Drown in My Own Tears", and especially "What'd I Say" in 1959, pushed gospel and R&B to a wider crossover audience. He made a move into the country music arena--unheard of for a black singer--in the 1960s, doing soulful spins on Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold tunes. In 1960, he left Atlantic and signed with ABC-Paramount. Under ABC-Paramount, hits poured out during this peak time with "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Hit the Road Jack", "Busted" and his beloved signature song "Georgia On My Mind". His landmark 1962 album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" brought a new swinging style to country music. From there, he traveled a mainstream route--from interpreting songs from The Beatles ("Eleanor Rigby") to appearing in "Diet Pepsi" ads ("You Got the Right One, Baby, Uh-huh!"). He also showed up sporadically in films, playing himself in the movie Ballad in Blue (1965) and guest-starring in The Blues Brothers (1980) with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. A television musical variety favorite with his trademark dark sunglasses and dry humor, he worked alongside such musical legends as Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand on their very special evenings of song. It is hard to believe that with everything he accomplished, Ray also had to deal with a longstanding heroin problem. In the mid-1960s, he was arrested for possession of heroin and marijuana and revealed that he had been addicted for nearly two decades. By 1965, he had completely recovered. The man who lived life on the edge was divorced twice and had 12 children both in and outside his marriages. At the time of his death from liver disease in 2004, he was working on a recording project of duets with such performers as Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Elton John and Norah Jones. This collaboration entitled "Genius Loves Company" led to an incisive win at the Grammy Awards--eight posthumous trophies including "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year". - IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net Spouse (2) Della Beatrice Howard (5 April 1955 - 1977) (divorced) (3 children) Eileen Williams (31 July 1951 - 1952) (divorced) Trade Mark (3) His large smile and dry humor Always seen in jet dark sunglasses Gospel-rooted baritone voice Trivia (33) He was married twice and had many girlfriends. He had 12 children, 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Blind from glaucoma since age 6. Hired for a car commercial, he actually drove a car without assistance - in the Death Valley desert. He said that it was one of the most exciting experiences of his life. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Wilberforce University, a private, historically black university in Wilberforce, Ohio. [December 1999] He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1998. His best known hit in America was his 1962 pop hit "I Can't Stop Loving You", which spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts. He was one of the few black performers to have a #1 song on Billboard magazine's country charts, a 1985 duet with Willie Nelson called "Seven Spanish Angels". Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982. (November 24, 2003) Underwent hip replacement surgery in Los Angeles, California. He struggled with a heroin addiction for nearly 20 years before quitting cold turkey in 1965 after an arrest at the Boston airport. Dropped the "Robinson" from his name as a young performer to avoid confusion with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. Had a hip replacement in the fall of 2003 in which he had to cancel his very first concert in 53 years of performing on the road. Had three #1 pop hits with "Georgia on My Mind" (1960), "Hit the Road Jack" (1961) and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (1962). Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as part of the institution's inaugural 10-member class that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown and Jerry Lee Lewis. He also received the Recording Academy's lifetime achievement award at the 1987 Grammy Awards. Despite his blindness, he was a chess-playing fanatic who was known to set up games between sets and concerts. At the time of his death, a feature film originally titled "Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Story" (renamed for release as Ray (2004)), starring Jamie Foxx, was being completed. He inspired many blind musicians to pursue careers, such as Ronnie Milsap and Terri Gibbs. He was voted the 10th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone. Became the big winner at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, receiving eight Grammy Awards for his final album, "Genius Loves Company" (which won for Album of the Year), and his song "Here We Go Again", featuring Norah Jones (which won Record of the Year). Had 12 children: Ray Charles Robinson Jr., David Robinson, Robert Robinson (all with Della Bea Robinson), Charles Wayne Hendricks (with Margie Hendricks, one of The Raelettes), Reatha Butler, Alexandra Bertrand (daughter of Mary-Chantal Bertrand), Robyn Moffett (daughter of Gloria Moffett), Evelyn Robinson (daughter of Louise Mitchell), Raenee Robinson (daughter of Mae Mosely Lyles), Sheila Robinson (daughter of Sandra Jean Betts), Vincent Kotchounian (son of 'Arlette Kotchounian') and Ryan Corey Robinson den Bok (son of Mary Anne den Bok). He was a longtime supporter of Israel, and was named "Man of the Year" by the B'nai Brith in 1976. Performed at Ronald Reagan's second inauguration in 1985 and also at Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993. Legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to award him the Congressional Gold Medal. [February 2005] Was an admirer of singer Nat 'King' Cole and even imitated his style in his early performances, which guaranteed him continued work before perfecting his own style. He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1993 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. He was one of the first singers to own his own master recordings and founder of Tangerine Records (1962-73). He was the first artist to combine both rhythm and blues and gospel together. Not to be confused with the choral director, Ray Charles, of The Ray Charles Singers on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948) (1955-1963). Ray actually performed, with The Ray Charles Singers as his chorus, along with "The Raelettes", on three episodes of "The Perry Como Show" from 1958-1961. "What'd I Say" was one of the songs performed. and that 1961 performance can be seen on the US Public Television Special, "Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind" (2010) (TV). In 1981, he was heavily criticized for touring apartheid South Africa. Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 78-80. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007. Ranked the second greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 16, 1981. Pictured on a nondenominated ("forever") USA commemorative postage stamp in the Music Icons series, issued 23 September 2013. Price on day of issue was 46ยข. First-day-of-issue ceremonies were held in Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia. Personal Quotes (4) I never considered myself part of rock 'n' roll. My stuff was more adult. It was more difficult for teenagers to relate to; my stuff was filled with more despair than anything you'd associate with rock 'n' roll. Since I couldn't see people dancing, I didn't write jitterbugs or twists. I wrote rhythms that moved me. My style required pure heart singing. Soul is when you take a song and make it a part of you - a part that's so true, so real, people think it must have happened to you. It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, do we? But it's a force that can light a room. Soul is like electricity, like a spirit, a drive, a power. Music has been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal. I started to sing like myself - as opposed to imitating Nat 'King' Cole, which I had done for a while - when I started singing like Ray Charles, it had this spiritual and churchly, this religious or gospel sound. It had this holiness and preachy tone to it. It was very controversial. I got a lot of criticism for it. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0153124/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm Ray Charles, Jr. Active - 1991 - 2011 | Genres - Music [nf] Filmography Title Year Trial & Heirs: Protect Your Family Fortune Participant 2011 Ray Charles Celebrates a Gospel Christmas With the Voices of Jubilation Co-producer 2003 Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music Co-Executive Producer 1991 http://www.allmovie.com/artist/ray-charles-jr-p375402

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