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Ray Charles Band

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by cshadows2887, Jun 9, 2020.

  1. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 ā€“ June 10, 2004) was an African-American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray." He was often referred to as "The Genius."[3][4] Charles was blinded during childhood due to glaucoma.[2]

    Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic.[2][5][6] He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums.[7][8][9] While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.[5]


  2. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    The man invented soul music, but his definitive achievement is just casually dominating the country genre on Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. Such a flex.
  3. phaynes12

    playing in the band Supporter

    a huge blind spot for me
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  4. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Iā€™d recommend At Newport, The Genius of Ray Charles, and Modern Sounds in Country and Western very strongly. They hang together as albums very well
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  5. RandyBonnettes


    He actually learned to play chess and had a life-long passion for this game. His doctor taught him, when he was at St. Francis hospital (enrolled in a rehabilitation program and fighting insomnia).
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