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Ray Charles at his last concert
|Birth name||Ray Charles Robinson|
September 23, 1930|
Albany, Georgia, United States
|Origin||Greenville, Florida, United States|
June 10, 2004 (aged 73)|
Beverly Hills, California, United States
|Genres||R&B, soul, blues, pop, country, jazz, gospel|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Singing, piano, alto saxophone|
|Labels||Atlantic, ABC, Warner Bros. Records|
Charles was born in Albany, Georgia and raised in Greenville, Florida. When he was six he started going blind and was completely blind by age 7. He played jazz, soul, and country music. Charles never knew exactly why he lost his sight, though there are sources which suggest his blindness was due to glaucoma. He attended school at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida. He also learned how to write music and play various musical instruments. While he was there, his father died, and his mother died five years later. Charles died in 2004 from liver failure.
- "Biography". The Ray Charles Memorial Library. 2004-06-10. http://www.theraycharlesmemoriallibrary.org/RCML_Biography.html. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
- "Ray Charles - About the Library (Library of Congress)". Loc.gov. http://www.loc.gov/about/awardshonors/livinglegends/bio/charlesr.html. Retrieved 2011-10-29.