History Music / RayCharles

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.
10th Apr '15 5:10:28 AM Patachou
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* LiveAlbum: 1959's ''Ray Charles at Newport'' stands alongside Music/JamesBrown's ''Live at the Apollo'' as one of the best live recordings of the early [=R&B=]/Soul era.

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* LocationSong: "Georgia On My Mind" is a homage to this state and has in fact become its official anthem.
* LiveAlbum: 1959's ''Ray Charles at Newport'' stands alongside Music/JamesBrown's ''Live at the Apollo'' ''Music/LiveAtTheApollo'' as one of the best live recordings of the early [=R&B=]/Soul era.
20th Nov '14 1:00:26 PM kchishol
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Subsequently, he joined a major label (ABC-Paramount) and decided to explore new sounds, including {{Jazz}}, {{Pop}} and especially {{Country}}, which earned him some of his biggest hits, including "Georgia On My Mind", "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (a song which is now credited for helping to popularise country outside of its traditional audiences). Although he struggled with drug addiction and sporadic success after the 1960s, interest in his music was renewed thanks to his appearance in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' in 1980 and he remained popular until his death from cancer in 2004.

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Subsequently, he joined a major label (ABC-Paramount) and decided to explore new sounds, including {{Jazz}}, {{Pop}} and especially {{Country}}, which earned him some of his biggest hits, including "Georgia On My Mind", "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (a song which is now credited for helping to popularise country outside of its traditional audiences). Although he struggled with drug addiction and sporadic success after the 1960s, interest in his music was renewed thanks to his appearance in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' in 1980 1980, reinforced by being the musical spokesperson for a popular TV ad campaign for Diet Pepsi, and he remained popular until his death from cancer in 2004.
13th Nov '14 11:15:47 AM Premonition45
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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.
2nd Nov '14 7:51:42 PM Patachou
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Subsequently, he joined a major label (ABC-Paramount) and decided to explore new sounds, including {{Jazz}}, {{Pop}} and especially {{Country}}, which earned him some of his biggest hits, including "Georgia On My Mind", "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (a song which is now credited for helping to popularise country outside of its traditional audiences). Although he struggled with drug addiction and sporadic success after the 1960s, interest in his music was renewed thanks to his appearance in ''TheBluesBrothers'' in 1980 and he remained popular until his death from cancer in 2004.

Ray's influence on other singers and musicians cannot be understated; FrankSinatra called him "the only true genius" in popular 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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Subsequently, he joined a major label (ABC-Paramount) and decided to explore new sounds, including {{Jazz}}, {{Pop}} and especially {{Country}}, which earned him some of his biggest hits, including "Georgia On My Mind", "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (a song which is now credited for helping to popularise country outside of its traditional audiences). Although he struggled with drug addiction and sporadic success after the 1960s, interest in his music was renewed thanks to his appearance in ''TheBluesBrothers'' ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' in 1980 and he remained popular until his death from cancer in 2004.

Ray's influence on other singers and musicians cannot be understated; FrankSinatra Music/FrankSinatra called him "the only true genius" in popular music, BillyJoel 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.



Albums by Ray Charles that have their own page:
* ''Music/ModernSoundsInCountryAndWesternMusic'' (1962).



* NewSoundAlbum: ''Music/ModernSoundsInCountryAndWesternMusic'' was a considerable departure from his previous musical recordings and made country music acceptable in circles where people originally only liked soul and R&B.



* SelfDeprecation: He always had a sense of humor about his blindness. Examples include hanging a poster upside down in TheBluesBrothers, having a cameo in SpyHard as a bus driver, and doing a radio ad for some fast food sandwich saying that he felt like going out for one "so you might want to stay off the road."

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* SelfDeprecation: He always had a sense of humor about his blindness. Examples include hanging a poster upside down in TheBluesBrothers, Film/TheBluesBrothers, having a cameo in SpyHard Film/SpyHard as a bus driver, and doing a radio ad for some fast food sandwich saying that he felt like going out for one "so you might want to stay off the road."
5th Oct '14 9:34:02 AM m8e
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Subsequently, he joined a major label (ABC-Paramount) and decided to explore new sounds, including {{Music/Jazz}}, {{Music/Pop}} and especially {{Music/Country}}, which earned him some of his biggest hits, including "Georgia On My Mind", "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (a song which is now credited for helping to popularise country outside of its traditional audiences). Although he struggled with drug addiction and sporadic success after the 1960s, interest in his music was renewed thanks to his appearance in ''TheBluesBrothers'' in 1980 and he remained popular until his death from cancer in 2004.

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Subsequently, he joined a major label (ABC-Paramount) and decided to explore new sounds, including {{Music/Jazz}}, {{Music/Pop}} {{Jazz}}, {{Pop}} and especially {{Music/Country}}, {{Country}}, which earned him some of his biggest hits, including "Georgia On My Mind", "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (a song which is now credited for helping to popularise country outside of its traditional audiences). Although he struggled with drug addiction and sporadic success after the 1960s, interest in his music was renewed thanks to his appearance in ''TheBluesBrothers'' in 1980 and he remained popular until his death from cancer in 2004.
4th Oct '14 5:45:52 AM FellDeedsAwake
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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004) was a one of 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 Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004) was a 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.
13th Sep '14 1:38:38 PM Patachou
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* OneManSong: ''Hit The Road, Jack''.
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