History Music / RayCharles

26th Aug '17 1:19:52 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* SesameStreetCred: His performance of the Muppet classic "Its Not Easy Being Green" may well be the single greatest musical moment in ''Series/SesameStreet'' history.

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His performance of the Muppet classic "Its Not Easy Being Green" may well be the single greatest musical moment in ''Series/SesameStreet'' history.history.
** To a lesser extent, his role as the voice of G-Clef in the ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' [[TheMovie movie]] ''Blue's Big Musical.''
23rd Apr '17 8:07:43 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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* Improv: Ray made up "What'd I Say" ''on the spot'' to fill time at the end of a 1958 performance. His instructions to the Raelettes and the backing musicians were basically "I'm going to fool around; y'all follow me."

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* Improv: {{Improv}}: Ray made up "What'd I Say" ''on the spot'' to fill time at the end of a 1958 performance. His instructions to the Raelettes and the backing musicians were basically "I'm going to fool around; y'all follow me."
23rd Apr '17 8:06:28 AM ReturnedYetAgain
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* Improv: Ray made up "What'd I Say" ''on the spot'' to fill time at the end of a 1958 performance. His instructions to the Raelettes and the backing musicians were basically "I'm going to fool around; y'all follow me."
2nd Apr '17 11:10:33 AM nombretomado
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Ray's influence on other singers and musicians cannot be understated; Music/FrankSinatra called him "the only true genius" in popular music, Music/BillyJoel was hugely influenced by his piano playing and singing, the members of Music/TheBeatles all expressed their admiration for his achievements, with PaulMcCartney crediting him as his reason for getting into music, and his song "What'd I Say" was allegedly the first song Mick Jagger performed as a member of Music/TheRollingStones.

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Ray's influence on other singers and musicians cannot be understated; Music/FrankSinatra called him "the only true genius" in popular music, Music/BillyJoel was hugely influenced by his piano playing and singing, the members of Music/TheBeatles all expressed their admiration for his achievements, with PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney crediting him as his reason for getting into music, and his song "What'd I Say" was allegedly the first song Mick Jagger performed as a member of Music/TheRollingStones.
21st Dec '16 5:11:14 PM darkchiefy
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Losing his sight to an infection at a young age and educated in music at a school for the blind, Ray became a talented musician and multi-instrumentalist who got his start singing and playing piano and organ with {{country|Music}} and {{blues}} bands in the [[TheForties 1940s]]. Although he recorded a few minor hits, his big break came when he was signed to Atlantic Records in the early 1950s and recorded songs such as "Mess Around" (written by Atlantic co-founder and president Ahmet Ertegun), "I Got A Woman", "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" and "What'd I Say", which combined raw, passionate gospel energy with boogie-influenced music and secular lyrics. While this music provoked some controversy at the time, these songs are now recognised as some of the first soul songs and established Ray as the inventor of a whole new genre.

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Losing his sight to an infection at a young age and educated in music at a school for the blind, Ray became a talented musician and multi-instrumentalist who got his start singing and playing piano and organ with {{country|Music}} and {{blues}} bands in the [[TheForties 1940s]]. Although he recorded a few minor hits, his big break came when he was signed to Atlantic Records Creator/AtlanticRecords in the early 1950s and recorded songs such as "Mess Around" (written by Atlantic co-founder and president Ahmet Ertegun), "I Got A Woman", "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" and "What'd I Say", which combined raw, passionate gospel energy with boogie-influenced music and secular lyrics. While this music provoked some controversy at the time, these songs are now recognised as some of the first soul songs and established Ray as the inventor of a whole new genre.
16th Dec '16 5:46:18 PM Ezclee4050
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* SelfBackingVocalist: That's Ray himself doing falsetto harmonies on "I Believe to My Soul", because he wasn't happy with how the Raelettes were singing the backing vocals.
12th Dec '16 1:33:56 PM Xtifr
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'''Ray Charles Robinson''' (September 23, 1930 -- June 10, 2004) was one of the first performers to fuse [=R&B=] and Gospel music to create {{Soul}} back in TheFifties and he exerted a major influence on the development of the RockAndRoll genre.

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'''Ray Ray Charles Robinson''' Robinson (September 23, 1930 -- June 10, 2004) was one of the first performers to fuse [=R&B=] and Gospel music to create {{Soul}} back in TheFifties and he exerted a major influence on the development of the RockAndRoll genre.
27th Sep '15 2:00:09 PM randomsurfer
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* PlayingThierOwnTwin: In a 1990s commercial for Diet Pepsi, Ray introduces his twin brother Herb Charles, also played by Ray. In addition, the Rayetts (a trio of backup singers) have a set of twins, the Herbettes.

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* PlayingThierOwnTwin: PlayingTheirOwnTwin: In a 1990s commercial for Diet Pepsi, Ray introduces his twin brother Herb Charles, also played by Ray. In addition, the Rayetts (a trio of backup singers) have a set of twins, the Herbettes.
27th Sep '15 1:59:46 PM randomsurfer
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* PlayingThierOwnTwin: In a 1990s commercial for Diet Pepsi, Ray introduces his twin brother Herb Charles, also played by Ray. In addition, the Rayetts (a trio of backup singers) have a set of twins, the Herbettes.
20th May '15 4:36:32 PM nombretomado
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His early life, rise to fame, dalliances with drug addiction and involvement in the civil rights movement are chronicled in the AcademyAward-winning {{Biopic}} ''Film/{{Ray}}'', released only a few months after his death. He was set to attend the premiere had he lived. As it was, he was still able to attend a private screening with the crew.

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His early life, rise to fame, dalliances with drug addiction and involvement in the civil rights movement are chronicled in the AcademyAward-winning UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-winning {{Biopic}} ''Film/{{Ray}}'', released only a few months after his death. He was set to attend the premiere had he lived. As it was, he was still able to attend a private screening with the crew.
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