Ray Charles A.K.A Ray Charles Robinson (born 23rd September 1930) is regarded as one of America's greatest musicians, pioneering the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm & blues, gospel and blues. Legendary musician Charles pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s. He mixed up blues, gospel and jazz to create path breaking hits such as "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on My Mind." Along with his musical success, Ray Charles grabbed media attention because of drug addiction. According to Ray Charles bio, he spent his childhood in Florida where he witnessed one of the most traumatic events of his childhood was the drowning death of his younger brother. Soon after his brother's death, Charles gradually became visually impaired. Eventually he was blind by the age of 7, and his mother sent him to a state-sponsored school, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida where he learned to read, write and arrange music in Braille.
Ray Charles songs and net worth
At the age of 16, Ray Charles moved to Seattle. There, he met a young Quincy Jones, a friend and collaborator he would keep for the rest of his life. Charles shared stage with the McSon Trio in 1940s. His early playing style had a close resemblance with the work of his two major influences Charles Brown and Nat King Cole. Later he developed his distinctive sound. His first single, "Confession Blues," with the Maxin Trio was released in 1949. The song did well on the R&B charts. Charles witnessed more success on the R&B charts followed with "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand" and "Kissa Me Baby." By 1953, Charles got a deal with Atlantic Records. He celebrated his first R&B hit single with the label, "Mess Around" followed by classic song, "I Got a Woman," a Woman," reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts which is among the notable Ray Charles songs. His fusion of gospel and R&B contributed to create a new musical genre known as soul. By the late 1950s, Charles jumped into the world of jazz, cutting records with members of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The year 1960 gifted Charles his first Grammy Award for "Georgia on My Mind," followed by another Grammy for the single "Hit the Road, Jack." For his day, he managed to maintain a rare level of creative control over his own music. Charles took the music genres to the next level breaking down the boundaries of music in 1962 with Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. He continued to fight against heroin addiction. In 1965, Charles was accused for possession by finally kicking the habit at a clinic located in Los Angeles. His releases in the 1960s and '70s were hit-or-miss. Charles won a Grammy Award for his rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City." He released his autobiography Brother Ray. In 1980, Charles did the comedy The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Few years later he received a special honor as one of the first people inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Charles gain got spotlight in the early 1990s with several high-profile appearances. He also recorded commercials for Pepsi-Cola, singing "You Got the Right One, Baby!" as his catchphrase, and performed "We Are the World" for the organization USA for Africa alongside the likes of Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and Smokey Robinson. In 2003, Charles cancelled his tour for the first time in 53 years due to replacement surgery. While that operation was successful, Charles soon realized that he was suffering from liver disease. During his successful career Ray Charles net worth climbed up to 100 million US dollars.
Ray Charles children and wife
Talking about Ray Charles personal life, Ray Charles married twice in his life. Eileen Williams became Ray Charles wife at first. Later he married Della Beatrice Howard Robinson. He died on 10th June 2004, at his home in Beverly Hills, California. At the time of death, Ray Charles age was 74 years old. Even after death, Ray Charles children are in head to head battle for his legacy.