Ray Charles Robinson

He was an 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.”  Charles was blinded during childhood due to glaucoma. 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. Charles was one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.

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