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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 & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Stage: Vocal arranger for "Peg" on Broadway. A Musical Autobiography. Book / new lyrics by Peggy Lee. New music by Paul Horner. Musical Director: Larry Fallon. Music orchestrated by Artie Butler, Larry Fallon [final Broadway credit], Dominic Frontiere, Bill Holman, Gordon Jenkins, Philip J. Lang, Johnny Mandel, Billy May, Leon ... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 39 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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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.


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 ... See more »


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