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Ray Charles Robinson - Ray Charles. September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson). He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records.
Ray Charles (aka Raymond Charles Robinson) (1930 - 2004)-Actor, Singer, Soundtrack, Composer, Pianist-a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles-Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004 His final album, Genius Loves Company, released two months after his death, consists of duets with various admirers and peers-His version of "Georgia" became the "Official" State Song. RIP