Ray Charles Robinson

By Kateland Hudson

Born in Georgia in 1930, Ray Charles was a legendary musician who pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s. Often called the "Father of Soul," Charles combined blues, gospel and jazz to create groundbreaking hits such as "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on My Mind." He died in 2004, leaving a lasting impression on contemporary music.

Facts about Ray Cahrles

Ranked 8th on Forbes' 6th annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list conducted in the year of 2006.In February 2005, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, presented by Legislation in the House of Representatives.

He's able to play piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and organ since attending School for Deaf and Blind in Florida.He was listed as Rolling Stone's 10th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of All Time.

His 2003 concert was anulled due to his hip replacement surgery.Ray was addicted to heroin for nearly 20 years and got clean in 1965.He earned Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1998.In December 1999, Wilberforce University awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters.He loves playing chess.Frank Sinatra named him "the Genius of Soul."

what is he known for

Ray Charles was a pioneer of soul music, integrating R&B, gospel, pop and country to creat hits like "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on My Mind." A blind genius, he is considered one of the greatest artists of all time.

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