Knowledge Identifier: +Ray_Charles
Born in 1930.
Countries: United States (59%), United Kingdom (9%), (7%)
Linked to: Columbia Records, Paine College, Chaka Khan, Oricon
Ray Charles (composer) - In May 1944, Chuck Offenberg changed his name to Ray Charles
Ray Charles (composer) - The Ray Charles Singers are known for a series of 30 choral record albums produced in the 1950s and 1960s for Essex, MGM, Decca and Command labels
Sled Allen - The arena was host to many events, including an interracial dancing event featuring Ray Charles in the 1950s
Late in 1954, Charles recorded his own composition, "I Got a Woman", and the song became Charles' first number-one RB hit in 1955 and brought him to national prominence.
Harry Nilsson - As early as 1958, Nilsson was intrigued by emerging forms of popular music, especially rhythm and blues artists like Ray Charles
Irving Berlin - Add Ray Charles's big-band version in 1959, and "Alexander" had a dozen hit versions in a bit under a half century
Brenda Lee - It was recorded at Decca Records' number two studio at their West Hampstead complex, as was the B-side, a version of Ray Charles' 1959 classic cut, "What'd I Say-", which wasn't released in America
Gene McDaniels - After the late 1960s, McDaniels turned his attention to a more black consciousness form, and his best-known song in this genre was "Compared to What," a jazz-soul protest song made famous by Les McCann and Eddie Harris on their album, "Swiss Movement", and covered by Roberta Flack, Ray Charles, Della Reese, John Legend, The Roots and others
Onzy Matthews - He is best known for the big band arrangements done for the Lou Rawls albums "Black and Blue" and "Tobacco Road", as well as arrangements for several of Ray Charles' 1960s releases
Hoagy Carmichael - In 1960, Ray Charles' version of "Georgia on My Mind" was a major hit, receiving Grammys both for Best Male Vocal and Best Popular Single
Bruce Conner - In 1961, Conner completed his second film, COSMIC RAY, a 4 minute, 43 second black-and-white quick edit collage of found footage and film that Conner had shot himself, set to a soundtrack of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say
Jerry Lee Lewis - It was at the latter studio that Lewis recorded his only major hit during this period, a rendition of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" in 1961.
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After spending a year on parole, Charles reemerged on the charts in 1966 with a series of hits composed with the fledgling team of Ashford & Simpson including the dance number, "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Let's Go Get Stoned", which became his first No. 1 RB hit in several years, and "Crying Time", which reached No. 6 on the pop chart and later helped Charles win a Grammy Award the following March.
Steve Turre - In 1968, Turre played with Rahsaan_Roland_Kirk; in 1970 he recorded with Carlos_Santana; and in 1972 he toured with Ray Charles
Jose Feliciano - In a 1969 interview, he mentioned soul music in general, and Ray Charles in particular, as influences on his singing
Ben Fong-Torres - A Fong-Torres interview with Ray Charles was awarded the Deems Taylor Award for Magazine Writing in 1974
His 1975 recording of Stevie Wonder's hit, "Living for the City" later helped Charles win another Grammy.
In 1977, he reunited with Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler and re-signed to Atlantic Records where he recorded the album, True to Life.
Red Top Young - During that time he met and married his second wife Janice in 1978, continued to record with Lanzo Records and moved to San Destine, Florida with his wife and young son, continuing to perform with his group and with Jo Jo Benson and Johnny Taylor, B.B. King, Pinetop and Ray Charles in France along with many other blues groups throughout Europe
In 1979, Charles was one of the first of the Georgia State Music Hall of Fame to be recognized as a musician born in the state.
Elvis Costello - Costello's standing in the U.S. was bruised for a time when in March 1979, during a drunken argument with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett in a Columbus, Ohio Holiday Inn bar, the singer referred to James Brown as a "jive-ass nigger", upped the ante by pronouncing Ray Charles a "blind, ignorant, nigger"
Toto Cutugno - He won in 1980 with the song "Solo noi", and subsequently finished second in six editions: in 1984 with the song "Serenata" , in 1987 with "Figli" , in 1988 with "Emozioni" , in 1989 with the song "Le mamme" , in 1990 with Ray Charles with the song "Gli amori" and in 2005 with Annalisa Minetti with the song "Come noi nessuno al mondo"
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In 1981, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was one of the first inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony in 1986.
Ray Charles (composer) - It was here where he met the "other" Ray Charles and was able to convince the entertainer to perform "America the Beautiful" before it was heard at the 1984 Republican Convention
In 1985, he appeared among a slew of other popular musicians in the USA for Africa charity recording, "We Are the World".
Prior to this, Charles returned on the pop charts in another duet, with singer Billy Joel on the song, "Baby Grand" and in 1989, recorded a cover of the Southern All Stars' "Itoshi no Ellie", releasing it as "Ellie My Love" for a Japanese TV ad for Suntory releasing it in Japan where it reached No. 3 on its Oricon chart.
The song hit number-one on the RB charts in 1990 and won Charles and Khan a Grammy for their dual work.
Blue's Clues - The show's first direct to video production was "Blue's Big Musical Movie" , featuring Ray Charles and The Persuasions; it received mostly positive reviews and has sold over 3 million copies since 2006
From 2001-2002, Charles appeared in commercials for the New Jersey Lottery to promote its 'For every dream, there's a jackpot' campaign.
In 2002, he played and lost to American Grandmaster and former U.S. Champion Larry Evans.
Stuart Benjamin - Benjamin was one of the Executive Producers of the Ray Charles Tribute Concert which took take place on October 8, 2004 at the Staples Center and was a CBS Television special
Gladys Knight - In 2005, a duet between Knight and Ray Charles of "You Were There" was released on Charles' duets album "Genius & Friends"
Leela James - In 2005, she lent her voice to the posthumously released Ray Charles album "Genius & Friends", duetting with the singer on the song "Compared to What"
Idina Menzel - She appears on Ray Charles's album "Genius and Friends", which was released in 2005, on the track "I Will Be There
This performance appears on Morrison's 2007 album, "The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3"
Stuart Benjamin - In the Fall of 2007 Benjamin successfully launched a live theatrical production based upon the life of Ray Charles
Barbara Mandrell - Time-Life recently released a DVD collection called "The Best of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters" on May 1, 2007, which features more than 40 guest musical performances including country superstars Johnny Cash, Alabama, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, The Statler Brothers, Ray Charles, John Schneider, Glen Campbell and many more, as well as comedy legend Bob Hope
Stuart Benjamin - The Life and Music of Ray Charles " is scheduled to make its Broadway debut in the Fall of 2013
Stuart Benjamin - The Life and Music of Ray Charles " is scheduled to make its Broadway debut in the Spring of 2014
In 2016, US president Obama said that "Ray Charles's version of 'America the Beautiful' will always be in my view the most patriotic piece of music ever performed--because it captures the fullness of the American experience, the view from the bottom as well as the top, the good and the bad, and the possibility of synthesis, reconciliation, transcendence