Ray Charles Biography, Facts & Life Story

Ray Charles American Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Composer

Quick Facts

Known ForThe Genius of Soul, Brother Ray, The High Priest


Full Name:Ray Charles Robinson

Profession:Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Composer


Date of Birth:September 23, 1930

Date of Death:June 10, 2004

Place of Death:Beverly Hills, California, United States

Cause of Death:Liver Failure.

Birthplace:Albany, Georgia, United States

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height:5 feet 8.3 inches (1.75 m)

Weight:77 kg (170 lbs)


Hair Color:Black

Eye Color:Brown

Ray Charles, was born on 23rd September, 1930. Ray Charles was an American vocalist, lyricist, performer, and author. As among companions and individual performers he favored being designated as Brother Ray. Ray Charles was frequently alluded to as “The Genius”. At an early age of 5, Ray Charles began losing his vision. When Ray Charles was 7 years of age, he was visually impaired.

His mom was an orphan vagrant brought home by the Robinson family. When Ray Charles was 3 years old, his melodic interest was boosted up, when Pitman played boogie-woogie on an old upstanding piano at Wylie Pitman’s Red Wing Cafe. Pitman in this way has shown Charles how to play the piano effectively. In between the period 1937 to 1945, Ray Charles was admitted to take classes at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine.

At the school, Ray Charles further built up his melodic ability where he was educated to play the traditional piano music of Beethoven and J.S. Bach, Mozart. Ray Charles courteous teacher, Mrs. Lawrence, showed him how to utilize braille music. Every Friday, Charles has to play piano and sing famous melodies at the Literary Society South Campus gatherings. Ray Charles also took part in both the events of Halloween and George Washington’s birthday, which was held in the dark branch of the school where Ray Charles was highly praised by the people.

Amid the 1950s, Ray Charles spearheaded the spirit of music class that he has recorded for Atlantic by consolidating rhythm and blues, and gospel styles. Amid the 1960s, with his hybrid accomplishment on ABC Records, Ray Charles added to the incorporation of country music, and rhythm and blues, remarkably with his two Modern Sounds albums. During his time span with ABC Records, Ray Charles ended up as one of the prominent dark performers to be allowed artistic masterful control.

Ray Charles achieved the zenith of his prosperity at Atlantic with the arrival of “What’d I Say” that was a joined combination of jazz, gospel, Latin and blues music. Soon after this huge success, Ray Charles released his 1st country tune “I’m Movin’ On” that was a front cover of Hank Snows in 1959. Ray Charles additionally recorded 3 more collections. These were The Genius After Hours which was a Jazz Record released in 1961, The Genius Sings the Blues, which was a blues record released in 1961, and The Genius of Ray Charles which was major band record that was considered his first Top 40 collection, and crest at number 17 on the World records.

Ray Charles referred his accomplishments to Nat King Cole who has an essential impact on his music recordings, yet his music was additionally affected by Charles Brown and Louis Jordan. Ray Charles progressed toward becoming companions with Quincy Jones. Their fellowship kept going until an incredible finish. Rolling Stone has positioned Ray Charles on the number 10 on its rundown list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2002. Later Ray Charles, attained position number 2 on their rundown list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time” in November 2008.

Ray Charles Foundation was established in 1986. The Ray Charles Foundation keeps up the statement of purpose of fiscally supporting establishments and associations in the exploration of the hearing issue. Ray Charles was given a doctorate certificate in expressive arts by the University of South Florida in 1990. Ray Charles was granted the National Medal of Arts in 1993. He was likewise granted the Polar Music Prize, alongside Ravi Shankar, in Stockholm in Sweden in late 1998.

Furthermore, Ray Charles was drafted to the National Black Sports Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2004. On September 23, 2013, The United States Postal Service issued an eternity stamp in the respect of Ray Charles. It was considered a component of its Musical Icons arrangement. Ray Charles was also granted the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. Ray Charles was one of the main performers to be accepted for the first time into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1979.  His rendition of the tune “Georgia on My Mind” was additionally made the official state tune of Georgia. Upon his demise, in June 2004, he invested a professorship of African-American culinary history at the school.

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Ray Charles Education

School: Florida School For The Deaf And Blind.

College: N/A

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Ray Charles Career

Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Composer

Known For: The Genius of Soul, Brother Ray, The High Priest

Debut TV Series/Movie: Film: Swingin’ Along
TV Show: Saturday Night Live

Salary: Under review

Net Worth: USD $100 million approx.

Family & Relatives

Father: Bailey Robinson

Mother: Aretha Robinson

Brother(s): George Robinson

Sister(s): None

Marital Status: Divorced

Wife/Girlfriend: Della Beatrice Howard (1955 - 1977) and Eileen Williams (1951 - 1952)

Children: 12 (Twelve)

Son(s): David Robinson, Robert Robinson, Ray Charles Robinson, Jr., Ryan Corey Robinson, Charles Wayne Hendricks, Vincent Kotchounian.

Daughter(s): Sheila Raye Charles, Robyn Moffett, Raenee Robinson, Reatha Butler, Evelyn Robinson, Alexandra Bertrand.

Ex Girlfriends:

Margie Hendricks (1958 – 1969)
Mary Ann Fisher (Singer) (1955 – 1958)
Louise Flowers (1949 – 1950)
Mae Mosley Lyles
Sandra Jean Betts
Arlette Kotchounian
Chantelle Bertrand
Mary Anne den Bok

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