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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004) was a one of first performers to fuse R nd Gospel music to create Soul back in The Fifties and he exerted a major influence on the development of the Rock & Roll genre.

last night i saw the movie Ray. God, am i hooked to Ray Charles music now :)

Ray Charles playing a Hammond organ

Ray Charles at Palais des Sports, Paris (Oct. Photo by Philippe Gras.

Ray Charles (aka Raymond Charles Robinson) (1930 - 2004)-Actor, Singer, Soundtrack, Composer, Pianist-a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles-Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004 His final album, Genius Loves Company, released two months after his death, consists of duets with various admirers and peers-His version of "Georgia" became the "Official" State Song…

1960 - Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind (The Original Song From The Albom) - written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell

Ray Charles performs a song at the piano in Los Angeles in 1965. He was born Sept. 23, 1930, and died June 10, 2004. Frank Sinatra once called him "the only true genius in the business."

"Circa American musician Ray Charles performing a song at the piano, Los Angeles, California. Charles is wearing a suit and dark sunglasses. A microphone is hanging above the piano.

Ray Charles (1969) at Romeo Und Julia shoot, RPM Studios, LA. Photo by Peter Brüchmann.

Ray Charles at Romeo Und Julia shoot, RPM Studios, LA. Photo by Peter Brüchmann.

Ray Charles in his dressing room (poss. at Carnegie Hall, NYC), 1966. Photo by Bill Ray.

Ray Charles in his dressing room (poss. at Carnegie Hall, NYC), Photo by Bill Ray.

Ray Charles,  Fats Domino & Jerry Lee Lewis

Ray Charles, Fats Domino & Jerry Lee Lewis, 1986 in New Orleans.

Sylvie PERRIN, french painter  [Ray Charles, digital painting]

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Sylvie PERRIN, french painter [Ray Charles, digital painting]

Ray Charles was my first concert.  I've been a fan all my life.

"I live on a lonely avenue.and I'm so sad and lost and blue and it is all because of you.I live on a lonely avenue.

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 1930 – June was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles.

Ray Charles, Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco, CA, 1961. © Jim Marshall Photography LLC, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Jim Marshall’s Intimate Images of Legendary Musicians

Ray Charles, Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco, CA, © Jim Marshall Photography LLC

In 1972 Ray Charles and The Raelettes (line-up here: Vernita Moss, Dorothy Berry, Mable John, Susaye Greene, Estella Yarbrough) guested on the Carol Burnett Show three times.

In 1972 Ray Charles and The Raelettes (line-up here: Vernita Moss, Dorothy Berry, Mable John, Susaye Greene, Estella Yarbrough) guested on the Carol Burnett Show three times.

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