Ray Charles

Born: 
09/23/1930
City: 
Albany
Region: 
Georgia
Country: 
USA
Died: 
06/10/2004
Cause of Death: 
Liver Cancer
Years Active: 
1947-2004
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Keyboards, Sax, Vocals

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Ray Charles Robinson was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.

The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues and barrelhouse, and stride piano styles.

Discography

Released: 1953
Released: 1953
Released: 1957
Released: 1958
Released: 1958
Released: 1958
Released: 1959
Released: 1959
Released: 1960
Released: 1961
Released: 1961
Released: 1961
Released: 1962
Released: 1966
Released: 1986

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Ray Charles 09/12/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/13/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/14/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/15/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/16/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/17/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/18/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/19/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/20/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/21/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/22/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/23/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/24/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 09/25/1952 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
The Biggest Show of 1957 01/28/1957 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 06/20/1958 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 06/21/1958 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 06/22/1958 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 06/23/1958 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 06/24/1958 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 06/25/1958 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 06/26/1958 Flame Show Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 04/15/1959 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 08/17/1959 Graystone Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Ray Charles 10/18/1959 Masonic Temple Detroit Michigan USA

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