Ray Charles – Brief Bio
Born on September 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia, United States, Ray Charles Robinson better known as Ray Charles, was well known as an singer-songwriter, musician and composer. He was widely regarded as the one who pioneered soul music, a form of music that fused rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles.
Ray Charles started losing his eyesight at the tender age of five and went completely blind at the age of seven due to glaucoma. Charles lost his father, Bailey Robinson when he was ten and at fifteen his mother, Aretha (William) Robinson, died too.
After the loss of his parents, Ray Charles was looked after by a couple who were good friends of his mother. They moved to Jacksonville where Charles started his musical career by playing the piano bands at the Ritz Theatre in LaVilla, for $4 a night.
Ray Charles career lasted from 1947 till the year he died at the age of 73 in 2004. Throughout his illustrious career,
Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: “This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley”.