Ray Charles (I) (1930–2004)

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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 24 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »


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 2005 Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx: Gold Digger (Music Video short) (stock music)
 2004/I Ray (musician: original and new recordings) / (musician: pianos)
 2002-2003 Midori's Nintendoland Bakery (TV Series) (performer - 12 episodes)
- Roamin' Holiday/The Proof is in the Pudding (2003) ... (performer: main title)
- Easy Breezy/Walk the Jabberwlock (2003) ... (performer: main title)
- Potato Potahatto/HattMii's Inside Outside Cake (2003) ... (performer: main title)
- Dodo Dilemma/Horsin Around (2003) ... (performer: main title)
- Another Midori/Niergie Plays the Palace (2003) ... (performer: main title)
 1992 National Memorial Day Concert (TV Special) (musical arrangement)
 1991-1992 Designing Women (TV Series) (singer - 23 episodes)
- Shades of Vanessa (1992) ... (singer: theme song)
- A Little Night Music (1992) ... (singer: theme song)
- L.A. Story (1992) ... (singer: theme song)
- I Enjoy Being a Girl (1992) ... (singer: theme song)
- All About Odes to Atlanta (1992) ... (singer: theme song)
 1991 Sesame Street: Monster in the Mirror (Music Video) (musician: keyboards)
 1984 Perry Como's Christmas in England (TV Special) (special music material/choral direction)
 1982 Gala (Documentary) (composer additional music)
 1975 Perry Como's Christmas in Mexico (TV Special) (composer: special music/choral direction)
 1970 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (TV Series) (choral arrangements - 1 episode)
- Ray Charles, Norm Crosby, Wally Cox, Anne Murray (1970) ... (choral arrangements)
 1967 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special (TV Special) (musical consultant)
 1965 The Julie Andrews Show (TV Special) (special vocal material)
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid (musician: vocals - uncredited)
 1965 Ballad in Blue (musical director)
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Other Works:

CD: "The Birth of Soul" (Atlantic). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 40 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

USA for Africa


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Della Beatrice Howard  (divorced)  (3 children) | See more »

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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. See more »


He struggled with a heroin addiction for nearly 20 years before quitting cold turkey in 1965 after an arrest at the Boston airport. See more »


His big smile and dry humor See more »


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