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Ray Charles (I) (1930–2004)

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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines (performer: "What'd I do") / (writer: "What'd I do")
 2013 The Best Man Holiday (performer: "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town")
 2013 Saving Mr. Banks (performer: "One Mint Julep")
 2012 Trouble with the Curve (performer: "You Are My Sunshine")
 2011 The Help (performer: "Hallelujah I Love Her So") / (writer: "Hallelujah I Love Her So")
 2011 Gerry (performer: "Georgia on my mind")
 2011 The Dilemma (performer: "STICKS AND STONES")
 2010 Escape from New Jersey (performer: "Hit the Road Jack" - uncredited)
 2009 Inglourious Basterds (writer: "WHAT'D I SAY" (1959))
 2009 He's Just Not That Into You (writer: "I Got A Woman", "Sweet Sixteen Bars")
 2009 An Education (performer: "Tell the Truth")
 2008 The Express (performer: "What'd I Say") / (writer: "What'd I Say")
 2008 Made of Honor (performer: "Gold Digger") / (writer: "Gold Digger")
 2006 Inside Man (performer: "Gold Digger") / (writer: "Gold Digger")
 2006 Failure to Launch (performer: "Hit the Road, Jack")
 2004 The Last Shot (performer: "Let the Good Times Roll" (1946))
 2004/I Ray ("Route 66", "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "I Got a Woman") / (performer: "What'd I Say", "Anytime", "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand", "Roll with My Baby", "The Midnight Hour", "The Key of G", "Pete Johnson's Stride", "Mess Around", "I Got a Woman", "Hallelujah I Love Her So", "Drown in My Own Tears", "Leave My Woman Alone", "Mary Ann", "What Kind of Man Are You?", "Night Time Is the Right Time", "I Believe to My Soul", "Georgia on My Mind", "Hit the Road Jack", "Unchain My Heart", "You Don't Know Me", "Rockhouse", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Bye Bye Love", "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)", "Born to Lose") / (writer: "What'd I Say", "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand", "The Key of G", "Pete Johnson's Stride", "I Got a Woman", "Hallelujah I Love Her So", "Mary Ann", "What Kind of Man Are You?", "Rockhouse", "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)")
 2003 Elf (performer: "Winter Wonderland" (1934))
 2002 The Transporter ("I Got Love")
 2002 Drumline (performer: "I'm Scared of You")
 2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (performer: "Lonely Avenue" (1958))
 2002 Showtime (performer: "What'd I Say" (1959)) / (writer: "What'd I Say" (1959))
 2001 Behind Enemy Lines (performer: "What'd I Say") / (writer: "What'd I Say")
 2001 Metropolis (performer: "I Can't Stop Loving You")
 2001 Russian Doll (writer: "Frenesí" - as Charles)
 2000 Where the Heart Is (writer: "What'd I Say")
 1999 Liberty Heights (performer: "I Got a Woman") / (writer: "I Got a Woman")
 1999 The Hurricane (performer: "Hard Times No One Knows", "A Fool for You") / (writer: "Hard Times No One Knows", "A Fool for You")
 1999 The Iron Giant (performer: "Genius After Hours") / (writer: "Genius After Hours")
 1999 Dogma (performer: "Alabamy Bound")
 1998 The Parent Trap (performer: "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye")
 1998 In God's Hands (performer: " (Night Time Is) The Right Time")
 1996 Bound (performer: "Hallelujah I Love Her So") / (writer: "Hallelujah I Love Her So")
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus (performer: "I GOT A WOMAN") / (writer: "I GOT A WOMAN")
 1995 Casino (performer: "Takes Two to Tango", "Stella By Starlight")
 1995 Unstrung Heroes (performer: "You Are My Sunshine")
 1995 Tommy Boy ("What'd I Say")
 1995 Bye Bye Love (writer: "This Little Girl of Mine")
 1995 Camerieri (performer: "Born to Lose")
 1994 Speechless (performer: "Hit the Road Jack")
 1994 Miracle on 34th Street (performer: "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town")
 1994 Love Affair (performer: "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)")
 1993 For Love or Money (performer: "Let Me Take Over")
 1993 Heart and Souls (performer: "What'd I Say") / (writer: "What'd I Say")
 1993 Another Stakeout (performer: "Love Has a Mind of Its Own")
 1993 Rookie of the Year (performer: "You Got the Right One Baby, Uh Huh")
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (performer: "Over The Rainbow")
 1993 Indecent Proposal (performer: "Cryin' Time")
 1993 The Sandlot (performer: "America the Beautiful")
 1993 Groundhog Day (performer: "You Don't Know Me")
 1992 Malcolm X (performer: "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)")
 1992 Love Potion No. 9 (performer: "BORN TO LOSE")
 1992 White Men Can't Jump (performer: "CARELESS LOVE") / (writer: "CARELESS LOVE")
 1991 The Butcher's Wife (performer: "JUST FOR A THRILL")
 1991 The Fisher King (performer: "Hit The Road Jack")
 1991 Nothing But Trouble (performer: "The Good Life")
 1990 Rocky V (performer: "Winter Wonderland")
 1990 Joe Versus the Volcano (performer: "Ol'Man River")
 1989 Christmas Vacation (performer: "That Spirit of Christmas")
 1989 Black Rain ("WHAT'D I SAY")
 1989 When Harry Met Sally... (performer: "Winter Wonderland")
 1989 The Dream Team (performer: "HIT THE ROAD JACK")
 1989 Cinq jours en juin (performer: "Love Makes The Change")
 1989 New York Stories (performer: "The Right Time")
 1987 Planes, Trains & Automobiles (performer: "Mess Around" (1953))
 1987 The Big Town (performer: "DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS")
 1986 Off Beat (performer: "Georgia On My Mind")
 1985 The Sure Thing (performer: "Just Because")
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (performer: "Yes, Indeed")
 1982 The King of Comedy (performer: "Come Rain or Come Shine", "Sweet Sixteen Bars") / (writer: "Sweet Sixteen Bars")
 1981 Four Friends (performer: "Georgia On My Mind")
 1980 Any Which Way You Can (performer: "Beers To You")
 1980 Raging Bull (performer: "Tell the Truth" (1956))
 1980 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (performer: "Hit The Road Jack")
 1980 The Blues Brothers (performer: "SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER", "JAILHOUSE ROCK" - uncredited)
 1980 The Hollywood Knights (performer: "What'd I Say") / (writer: "What'd I Say")
 1978 Big Wednesday (performer: "What'd I Say" (1959) - uncredited) / (writer: "What'd I Say" (1959) - uncredited)
 1973 Ash Wednesday (performer: "Ruby")
 1973 That'll Be the Day (writer: "What Did I Say")
 1971 Beware of a Holy Whore (performer: "Let's Go Get Stoned") / (writer: "Let's Go Get Stoned")
 1971 Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (performer: "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles")
 1969 Mondo Trasho (performer: "What'd I Say", "I'm Movin' On") / (writer: "What'd I Say")
 1968 Don't Just Stand There (lyrics: "Don't Just Stand There")
 1968 Spirits of the Dead (performer: "Ruby")
 1967 In the Heat of the Night (performer: "In the Heat of the Night")
 1967 Easy Come, Easy Go (writer: "Leave My Woman Alone")
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid (performer: "The Cincinnati Kid")
 1965 Ballad in Blue (arranger: "Careless Love" - uncredited) / (performer: "What'd I Say?", "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles" (uncredited), "I Got A Woman", "Light Out Of Darkness", "That Lucky Old Sun" (uncredited), "Careless Love" (uncredited), "Talkin' 'Bout You", "Busted" (uncredited), "Let The Good Times Roll" (uncredited), "Hit The Road Jack" (uncredited), "Unchain My Heart" (uncredited), "Hallelujah I Love Her So") / (writer: "What'd I Say?", "I Got A Woman", "Light Out Of Darkness", "Talkin' 'Bout You", "Hallelujah I Love Her So")
 1964 The Comedy Man (writer: "Tell All the World About You" - uncredited)
 1964 Viva Las Vegas (writer: "What'd I Say" - uncredited)
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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.


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