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Ray Charles (IV) (1918–2015)

Composer, conductor, songwriter and arranger, and the director of the Ray Charles Singers. He joined ASCAP in 1954, and has made many records. See full bio »

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Known For

Funny Lady
Funny Lady Music Department
(1975)
The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show Music Department
(1979-1981)
Sha Na Na
Sha Na Na Music Department
(1977)
The Perry Como Christmas Show
(1974)

Filmography

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 2003 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 2001 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 2000 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special documentary) (musical consultant)
 1999 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1998 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Movie documentary) (musical consultant)
 1997 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1996 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special documentary) (musical consultant)
 1995 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1994 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1993 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1993 Bob Hope: The First 90 Years (TV Movie documentary) (musical consultant)
 1990 Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990 (TV Movie documentary) (additional composer: score)
 1989 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1987 We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala (TV Movie) (special musical material)
 1986 The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards (TV Special) (choral supervisor)
 1984 The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team (TV Movie) (music director)
 1982 The Val Doonican Music Show (TV Series) (special arrangements - 8 episodes)
- Episode #6.9 (1982) ... (special arrangements)
- Episode #6.8 (1982) ... (special arrangements)
- Episode #6.7 (1982) ... (special arrangements)
- Episode #6.6 (1982) ... (special arrangements)
- Episode #6.5 (1982) ... (special arrangements)
 1981 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special documentary) (musical consultant)
 1979-1981 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (music consultant - 36 episodes)
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... (music consultant)
- Chris Langham (1981) ... (music consultant)
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... (music consultant)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... (music consultant)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... (music consultant)
 1980 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1979 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1979 John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (TV Movie) (special musical material)
 1979 The Muppets Go Hollywood (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1978 The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait (TV Special) (special musical material)
 1978 The Carpenters... Space Encounters (TV Special) (special music material)
 1977 Sha Na Na (TV Series) (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1975 Funny Lady (choral supervisor)
 1974 The Perry Como Christmas Show (TV Special) (choral direction) / (special musical material)
 1973 Maude (TV Series) (music consultant - 1 episode)
- Maude's Musical (1973) ... (music consultant)
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie) (special musical material)
 1969 Dionne Warwick- Souled Out (TV Special) (music consultant)
 1969 Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman (TV Special) (special musical material)
 1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (TV Series) (musical consultant)
 1968 Kiss Me Kate (TV Movie) (choral director) / (music arranger: choral)
 1965 The Julie Andrews Show (TV Special) (special vocal material)
  Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (choral director - 4 episodes, 1960 - 1962) (special material - 4 episodes, 1959 - 1960) (vocal arrangements - 2 episodes, 1959) (musical director - 1 episode, 1965) (vocal arranger - 1 episode, 1958)
- Episode #17.8 (1965) ... (musical director)
- Episode #14.23 (1962) ... (choral director)
- Episode #13.22 (1961) ... (choral director)
- Episode #13.5 (1960) ... (choral director) / (special material)
- Episode #13.1 (1960) ... (choral director)
 1962 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (choral director - 1 episode)
- The Dinah Shore Show (1962) ... (choral director)
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (vocal music arranger - 1 episode)
- Jack and the Beanstalk (1956) ... (vocal music arranger)
 1955-1956 Your Hit Parade (TV Series) (vocal arranger - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 9 June 1956 (1956) ... (vocal arranger)
- Episode dated 2 June 1956 (1956) ... (vocal arranger)
- Episode dated 12 November 1955 (1955) ... (vocal arranger)
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Alternate Names:

Ray Charles Choir | The Other Ray Charles
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During a career that spanned radio, television, films and records, Ray Charles was known for his ability to create melodies and meld voices in an intimate, easy-listening style that was well-suited to television musical revues of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Charles arranged and composed music for such television shows as "Your Hit Parade," "Perry Coma's Kraft Music Show," "Sha-Na-Na," "The ... See more »

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