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Ray Charles
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Ray Charles at his last concert
Background information
Birth nameRay Charles Robinson
BornSeptember 23, 1930(1930-09-23)
Albany, Georgia, United States
OriginGreenville, Florida, United States
DiedJune 10, 2004(2004-06-10) (aged 73)
Beverly Hills, California, United States
GenresR&B, soul, blues, jazz, gospel
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsSinging, piano, alto saxophone
Years active1947–2004
LabelsAtlantic, ABC, Warner Bros. Records
Websitewww.raycharles.com

Ray Charles (born Ray Charles Robinson) (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician.

Charles was born in Albany, Georgia and was raised in Greenville, Florida. When he was six he started going blind and was completely blind by age 7.[1] He played jazz, soul, and R&B music. Charles never knew exactly why he lost his sight, though there are sources which suggest his blindness was due to glaucoma.[2] He attended school at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida.[1] 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.

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