1948 Ray Charles signed with Swingtime Records.
1948 Ray Charles’ first band The McSon Trio was the first musical act in Seattle’s history to have a sponsored television show as they did on KRSC-TV in Seattle.
1949 Ray Charles recorded his first single, “Confession Blues” with the McSon Trio, and 1950 Ray recorded “Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand.” Ray toured with guitarist Lowell Fulson before going solo.
Between the years 1949 (when Ray Charles first began his recording career) and 1963, he recorded 15 LPs and literally countless singles, spanning musical genres and charting new stylistic territories; his singles topped the charts in both the U.S. and abroad, selling millions ofcopies and laying the foundation for his legendary career, establishing him as one ofthe fathers of modem popular music.
1952 Ray Charles signed with Atlanta Records.
1955 Ray Charles’ “l’ve Got a Woman” became his first hit to crossover nationally.
1959 Ray Charles hired Joe Adams, as an overseer of his vast business ventures and later in 1962, became Vice President until his retirement in 2008, now serving as Chairman of the Board for The Ray Charles Foundation.
1959 Ray Charles signed with ABC-Paramount 1959 Ray Charles was the first major recording artist to negotiate ownership of his recordings with a record label as he did with ABC-Paramount Records.
1959 Ray Charles was the first recording artist to release a Billboard Top 10 Pop Chart Hit that used the wurlitzer Electric Piano as he did with “What’d I Say”. Many believe that this recording saved that instrument from extinction as Ray made it “cool” for other artists and bands to use it.
1959 Ray Charles recorded his first Country and Western recording “l’m Movin’ On” it reached Top 40 status peaking at #40 on the Pop chart.
1960 Ray Charles Enterprises Inc. became incorporated in April 1960 while still located on West 57th Street, New York, NY. Tangerine Music Corporation and Racer Music Corporation were incorporated in January 1962.
1960 Ray Charles was the first recording artist to purchase an airplane large enough to tour the world with his entire orchestra.
1960 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track Male “Georgia On My Mind”.
1960 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Performance by a Pop/Rock/Contemporary Single Artist “Georgia On My Mind”.
1960 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance “Let The Good Times Roll”.
1960 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best vocal Performance Album Male “The Genius Of Ray Charles”.
1961 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rhyhm & Blues Recording “Hit The Road Jack”.
1961 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Album of the Year (other than Classical) “Genius + Soul : Jazz”.
1961 Ray Charles appeared in the movie “Swingin’ Along” as himself.
1962 Ray Charles recorded his first Country and Western Album “Modern Sounds in Country & Westem Music”.
Over the next four years — from January 1962 through January 1966 Ray Charles would record 33 country and western songs, all 33 of these songs were previously recorded by traditional country and western artist.
1962 Ray Charles received a Grammy lor Best Rhythm & Blues Recording “l Can’t Stop Loving You”
1962 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for the Record of the Year “l Can’t Stop Loving You”.
1962 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for the Best Solo Vocal Performance Male “l can’t Stop Loving You”.
1962 Ray Charles remains the first and only black man to eam a Grammy Award and a #1 Billboard Pop Chart Hit with a country and westem song as he did with “l Can’t Stop Lovins You”.
1963 Ray Charles starred in his first feature film “Ballad in Blue”.
1963 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording “Busted”.
1963 A Salute to Freedom, Ray Charles performs at a star studded concert to raise funds for the historic March on Washington for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
1964 Ray Charles was the first major recording artist to own his own state-of-the-art recording studio — RPM Intemational incorporated [in November 1964] — and it opened in 1965 in Los Angeles, Califomia.
Under the Crossover label Ray Charles signed hundreds of artist who went on to become great artist in their own right, such as Billy Preston, Louie Jordan, and Question-Mark and the Mysterians just to name a few.
1966 Ray Charles was recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science as Producer of Best Rhythm & Blues Recording “Crying Time”.
1966 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance Male “Crying Time”.
1966 Ray Charles performed in “The Big T.N.T. Show” documentary.
1967 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Single, Best Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance for “Yesterday”.
1967 Ray Charles was the first to receive not one, but two standing ovations from the U.S. Army Transportation Center in tribute to his performances (Ft. Eustis April 14, 1967).
1968 Ray Charles had long been Honorary Life Chairman of the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Playboy Magazine Hall of Fame in 1968. He has topped that magazine’s reader’s poll in several categories many times.
1969 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance Male “Doing His Thing”.
1970 Ray Charles received many major awards, among them: “The Golden Plate Award” which was presented to him in 1975 by the American Academy of Achievement for his outstanding contributions. He was subsequently named to the “Academy’s Board of Directors”.
1970 Ray Charles performed “America The Beautiful” for President Richard Nixon at the White House.
1972 Ray Charles received the National Academy of Recording Art & Science Hall of Fame lor “America The Beautiful”.
1973 Ray Charles while on concert tour in Israel had the opportunity to spend several hours with the Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. He presented him with the album “Message to the People”. His awareness of racial injustice was not limited to the home front. In the same years he fought the war against racial injustice in the American South, Charles became aware of growing racial injustice abroad, particularly the notorious policy of apartheid in South Africa. Modest to the point of mum about his humanitarian and charitable activities, Ray Charles made an exception for the State of lsrael and world Jewry.
Among the many, the world leader Charles most enjoyed meeting was David Ben-Gurion, with whom he had a conversation of many hours during a concert tour of Israel not long belore Ben-Gurion’s death. The awards among the hundreds he claimed to have touched him the most is the Beverly Hills Lodge of B’nai B’rith’s tribute to its “Man of the Year” in 1976.
“Even though I’m not Jewish,” he explains, “and even though I’m stingy with my bread, Israel is one of the few causes I feel good about supporting. Blacks and Jews are hooked up and bound together by a common history of persecution. If someone besides a black ever sings the real gut bucket blues, it’ll be a Jew. We both know what it’s like to be someone else’s footstool.
1975 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance Male “Living for the City” Single.
1975 The National Association of Sickle Cell Disease’s first “Man of Distinction Award” was presented to Ray Charles. He has shown a long and active concem and involvement with sickle cell disease programs, and was long time Honorary Chairman for the NASCD’s Los Angeles chapter since 1962.
1976 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance "Porgy and Bess".
1976 The Bicentennial Year brought the honor of Ray Charles being named "Man of the Year" by the Beverly Hills Lodge of the B'nai B'rith.
1976 Ray Charles was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame and his "I Got a Woman" was nominated for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science Hall of Fame.
1977 Ray Charles appeared as the host of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
1978 Ray Charles' autobiography, "Brother Ray", written with David Ritz, was published by Dial Press. It was a national best-seller as well as a book club selection and is also available in paperback.
1978 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance "True To Life" album.
1978 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance Male "I Can See Clearly Now" Single.
1979 Ray Charles was inducted into "Georgia Music Hall Fame", the first performer to be so honored.
1979 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance Male "Some Enchanted Evening" Single.
1979 Ray Charl es' 1967 classic rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" was approved as the official Song of the State of Georgia, and Charles was invited to be present on the floor of the State Capitol to sing its first performance as such.
1979 The Ray Charles version of "Georgia On My Mind" is the first popular song to become an Official State Song at the Georgia State Assembly.
1980 Ray Charles made appearances on The Super Dave Osborne Show, where he performed and appeared in a few vignettes where he was somehow driving a car, often as Super Dave's chauffeur.
1980 Ray Charles was a featured star in "The Blues Brothers" movie.
1981 Ray Charles performed at the Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.
1981 ABC-TV's "20/20" profile of Ray Charles which aired in 1981 was awarded two Emmys. Another excellent profile, which aired on CBS-TV 's "60 Minutes" in 1987, followed Charles' dramatic television debut on "St. Elsewhere", in which he played a homeless man, and an appearance on "Who's the Boss?", in which he played himself.
1981 In recognition of both his artistic and humanitarian achievements, Ray Charles received a Star on Hollywood Boulevard's "Walk of Fame" on December 16, 1981, joining a host of illustrious entertainers who have been judged worthy of this honor by the Hollywood Historic Trust.
1983 Ray Charles was honored by the NAACP's Image Awards as a recipient of the "Hall of Fame Award". He also received an award that year at the televised ceremonies for Best R&B Male Vocalist.
1983 Ray Charles and Ronnie Milsap performed together for then-President Ronald Reagan at the Ford Theater in Washington.
1983 Ray Charles was nominated for a Grarnmy for his single "Born to Love Me", his first nomination in the "Best Country Vocal Performance, Male" category. To date Charles has won a total of 10 Grammy Awards, the most recent in 1975.
1984 Ray Charles was hired by The Committee to re-elect the President to perform at the Republican National Convention. His televised rendition of "America the Beautiful", first recorded on the ABC records label in his "A Message for the People" LP, which was both inspirational and electrifying. Charles' "America" has for many, become a "Second National Anthem". "America" is included in the 1987 (2) disc CD release of Ray Charles hits on the Dunhill Classics label, "America" was also released as a CD single.
1985 Ray Charles performed at President Ronald Reagan's second Inaugural Ball.
1985 Ray Charles was one of the participants in the historic ''We Are the World" recording to benefit USA for Africa, which raised millions to help feed Africa's starving.
1985 Ray Charles received a Grammy Nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "We Are The World".
1986 Ray Charles was one of the original inductees into "The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame", yet another tribute to his versatility as a musician and to the lasting imprint he has made on all forms of popular music in the past 50 years.
1986 Ray Charles announced the formation of the "Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders Inc." with a personal endowment of One-Million Dollars. "Most people take their ears for granted," Charles remarked. "I can't. My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity." In 2006, after the death of Mr. Charles, the name of the Foundation was changed to honor his name but the mission remains the same.
1986 Ray Charles was honored by the French Government when he was made a "Commander of Fine Arts and Letters", the second time Charles has been selected for a distinguished honor by the Republic of France.
1986 Ray Charles was one of the recipients of the "Kennedy Center Honors", celebrated with a televised gala at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The honors are presented annually to individuals who, through a lifetime of accomplishments, have enriched American life by their achievement in the performing arts. Of interest, Charles was the only African-American and the only popular musician honored that year. He was also the second youngest to be so honored up to that time.
1988 Ray Charles received the highest award that can be given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, its Lifetime achievement Award, Ray Charles accepted the special Grammy at a ceremony that was televised on CBS-TV.
1988 On the human interest side is Ray Charles' voice-over as "Raisin Ray" the "first celebrity raisin" in the California Raisin Advisory Board's trendy series of commercials. Charles was seen in Claymation.
1988 Ray Charles appeared for the first time with the New York City Ballet, which choreographed dances to some of his classics. Joining Charles in playing for the engagement were members of his original band, Hank Crawford, Leroy Cooper and David "Fat Head" Newman. That appearance was so successful that it was repeated in 1989 for another sold out audience.
1988 Ray Charles was nominated for an Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Science for his performance on the TV special honoring Irving Berlin's 100th birthday.
1988 Ray Charles appeared in the feature "Limit Up"... playing God.
1989 Ray Charles received a Grarnmy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group "Save the Bones for Henry Jones" (Track from Just Between US).
1989 Ray Charles had a number 1 single "Ellie My Love" recorded for exclusive release in Japan. He received the "Japanese Award" equivalent of a triple-platinum recording" in the U.S., with sales there excess of two million.
1989 Marked the 30th anniversary of Ray Charles' association with Joe Adams, who has been his personal manager and close friend. Adams, a former Los Angeles deejay, (the first black man on national radio), was the "voice of NBC monitor" and an actor. Appearing in the movie "Carmen Jones as Husky Miller", he was the first black to win Best upporting Role in a featured film in 1956 for Carmen Jones. Adams also appeared on Broadway with Ricardo Montalban in Jamaica, just to name a few.
1990 Ray Charles received an "Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts" from the University of South Florida in Tampa. At his own instigation, he returned to USF in February 1991, for a benefit performance at the Sun Dome with the USF Community Gospel Choir, marking the first time he has ever performed an entire program solely with amateur musicians. Proceeds from the concert were divided between the college of Fine Arts "Music Scholarships Fund" and Charles' own Robinson Foundation.
1990 Marked Ray Charles' Grammy Hall of Fame "I've Got A Woman", recorded in 1954, as well as his 45th Anniversary" of being in show business. Since his major recording hit, "I Got A Woman" it is generally conceded in the music world that Ray Charles has left an indelible mark on virtually every facet of popular music, be it R&B, Country & Western or Rock & Roll. As Jeff Levinson wrote in Downbeat (Jan. 1989): "A few years back it was jokingly suggested that we just honor Charles by carving his visage at the peak of Mt. Rushmore..." Wouldn't that be a kick? Brother Ray rubbing shoulders with those shades, canvassing the Great Plains. After a mi nute the idea was scrapped, rendered totally dumb... Why should we go through all that? "The man 's already a monument!" He i s equally at home with the major symphony orchestras of the world (from London's Royal Philharmonic to the Boston Pops) as he is with h is own family of musicians — the 17 piece Ray Charles Orchestra and his five backup singers, The Raeletts. He never follows trends; he sets them.
1990 Ray Charles appeared m ''Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones" documentary as himself.
1990 Ray Charles received a Grammy Award for the song "I'll Be Good to You" performed with Chaka Kahn. By Quincy Jones' "Back on the Block" LP on the Warner Bros label.
1990 Advertising Age named Ray Charles as its Star Presenter. He was recognized with a 1990 Clio Award as "Best Male Performer". Time Magazine named Ray Charles' "You Got the Right One Baby, Uh-Huh!" commercials the 1991 Campaign ofthc Year.
1990 Following Jim Henson's death, Ray Charles appeared in the one-hour CBS tribute, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson. He gave a speech about the deceased, stating that Henson "took a simple song and a piece of felt and turned it into a moment of great power". Charles was referring to the song "It's Not Easy Being Green", which Charles later performed with the rest of the Muppet cast in a tribute to Henson's legacy.
1990 An excellent documentary, "Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul", was produced for the American Masters series on public television.
1991 Ray Charles has received numerous awards from African-American Studies groups at campuses across the U.S., including the University of California at Los Angeles.
1991 Ray Charles' series of commercials for Diet Pepsi, which debuted in 1990, continue to bring praise for both Ray Charles as a pitchman and for the creativity of the campaign. The first in a series of Diet Pepsi commercials was acclaimed "The best commercial in the world". Ray Charles was the first recording artist to be used in advertisements by both Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola as he did in 1966 and 1990. Joan Crawford accomplished this as a motion picture star.
1991 Marked "50 Years of Music Making: A Tribute to Ray Charles" featuring Michael Bolton, Willie Nelson, and Stevie Wonder among others, with MC Hammer as Master of Ceremonies, was taped by Willenborg Productions. Gregory Willenborg acted as coexecutive producer for the Fox Television Network special.
1991 A survey by Video Storyboards leading tracker of America's favorite commercial showed that Ray Charles' Diet Pepsi commercials were the most popular of 1991. After the Super Bowl, USA Today poll showed the Charles commercials to be viewers' first, second and fourth favorite commercials aired during the game. The Economist ads that "Diet Pepsi's jazzy ads featuring Ray Charles have scored higher than those for any other consumer product." PepsiCo approached Charles initially after its research showed "his appeal crosses age boundaries like few other performers." Ray Charles remains the first and only commercial spokesperson to have an ad campaign featured in three consecutive Super Bowls as he did with Diet Pepsi's "You've Got The Right One, Baby ...Uh-Huh!" campaign in 1990, 1991, 1992.
1992 Ray Charles was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the "1992 Black History Month Honoree", and was presented with the "County's Distinguished Service Medal" in recognition of his "outstanding contributions".
1992 Ray Charles was inducted into the "Florida Artists Hall of Fame" (joining Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and John D. MacDonald, among others). Charles, born in Georgia, was raised in Florida where he attended the State School for the Deaf and Blind and began his career as a professional musician.
1993 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male "A Song For You" Single.
1993 Ray Charles joined other invited celebrity performers in the pre-inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial honoring President Bill Clinton. Produced by Quincy Jones, the concert aired as an HBO special.
1993 Marks the year that Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia on My Mind", recorded i n 1960, was inducted into the "Grammy Hall Of Fame".
1993 Ray Charles records exclusively for Warner Bros. Records, his current release on the label is "My World" (#126735), released in March of this year. Charles is one of few artists to release in three formats: Cassette, CD, and LP
1993 Ray Charles received the "National Medal of Arts" presented by President Bill Clinton in Washington D.C.
1994 On an MTV showing of "A Town Hall Meeting", President Clinton was asked to name his favorite song, to which he replied "Ray Charles' version of "A Song for You" which won his 8th Grammy.
1994 Ray Charles received his 8th Grammy Award, this time in the ..Best R&B Vocal by a Male Performer Category", for his song "A Song For You", from his Warner Brothers release, "My World".
1994 Ray Charles received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" as part of the Black Achievement Award TV show sponsored by Johnson Publishing Company.
1994 Ray Charles received the "World Music Award" in Monte Carlo for his lifelong contribution to the music industry.
1994 Ray Charles received the "Hellen Keller Personal Achievement Award" from the American Foundation for the Blind.
1994 Ray Charles appeared in "Love Affair" movie as himself.
1995 Marked Ray Charles' 50th show business anniversary, 1994 marked the 35th anniversary of Ray Charles association with Joe Adams, who has been his personal manager and close friend since 1959.
1995 Ray Charles is given the Governor's Performing Arts Award.
1995 Ray Charles is honored with the Horatio Alger Award given to distinguished American citizens who have succeeded despite adversity.
1996 Ray Charles was honored with the award for "Best Singer" by Sherman R. Frederick, Publisher of the Las Vegas Revue Journal.
1996 Ray Charles appeared in the movie "Spy Hard" as a bus driver.
1996 Ray Charles named "A Treasure of Los Angeles", by the Central City Association. Among the others honored were artist Ernie Barnes, Jaime Escalante, Ernest Fleischman, U.S.C. coach John Robinson, and Chef Joachim Splichal.
1996 "Strong Love Affair" was released on Qwest Records.
1996 Ray Charles was awarded an "Honorary Doctor of Music" at Occidental College, in Los Angeles.
1997 Ray Charles was inducted into the "International Jazz Hall of Fame" presented by Norman Brander & Eddie Baker.
1998 Ray Charles was honored by receiving the "Polar Music Award", Sweden's most prestigious award, presented by the King and Queen.
1999 Ray Charles was awarded an "Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters" from Wilberforce University.
1999 Ray Charles appeared in 4 episodes of the sitcom "The Nanny" as Sammy.
1999 Ray Charles received the "Legendary Music Achievement Award".
1999 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best Historical Album "Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings (1959-1986)".
2000 Ray Charles was awarded an "Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters" from Shaw University.
2000 Ray Charles received the "Life Time Achievement Award" from the Blues Foundation.
2000 Ray Charles was the first recording artist to appear on a state lottery's scratch-off ticket with the Georgia Lottery.
2000 Ray Charles made a special guest appearance on Blue's Clues Big Musical Movie as a fictional character named G-Cief.
2001 Ray Charles was awarded an "Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters" from Morehouse College.
2001 Ray Charles received the "Trumpet Award" on behalf of Turner Broadcasting Systems.
2001 Ray Charles received the "Life Time Achievement for Arts and Entertainment" was presented to him by Morehouse College at the 2001 Candle in the Dark Gala.
2001 Ray Charles remains the first and only performer to have the Union-Pacific Railroad stop trains as to not interrupt his concert. I am assured that there will be no traffic past Harrah's from 8:00 and 9:30pm on Sunday. "It's not something that we could probably do every day, but certainly when it's an important event like this one, and involves one of the true music legends of the country, we will do so", said Union-Pacific Railroad spokesperson Mike Furtney.
2002 Ray Charles was awarded an "Honorary Doctorate of Music" from Albany State University.
2002 Ray Charles played chess with American Grandmaster and former U.S. Champion Larry Evans. Evans won but some analysts believe Ray Charles resigned prematurely. This game was featured in an article written by Larry Evans in Chess Life, September 2002.
2002 Ray Charles was the first recording atiist to perform live music from the floor of the Roman Coliseum; it was the first event held there since A.D. 404.
2002 Ray Charles was the first major concert performer to achieve 10,000 concerts. B.B. King accomplished this in 2006.
2003 Ray Charles was awarded an "Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters" from Dillard University.
2003 Ray Charles performed at the 89th Annual White House Correspondents Dinner, attended by President George W. Bush.
2003 Ray Charles sang "America The Beautiful" at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, prior to the rained out Red Sox home opener against the Baltimore Orioles.
2004 Ray Charles received The Recording Academy President's Merit Award.
2004 Ray Charles was honored by the 35th NAACP's Image Awards as a recipient of the "Hall of Fame Award".
2004 Ray Charles' final recording "Genius Loves Company" sold over five million copies and earned eight (8) Grammy Awards.
2004 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance "Heaven Help Us All" with Gladys Knight.
2004 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Record of the Year "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones.
2004 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Album of the Year "Genius Loves Company''.
2004 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album "Genius Loves Company".
2004 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocal "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones.
2004 Ray Charles was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" with Elton John.
2004 Ray Charles received a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance "Sinners Prayer" with B.B. King.
2004 Ray Charles was the first real person to be depicted on the cover of The New Yorker magazine.
2004 Ray Charles was the first musical icon to have his own Google logo (named "goggle doodles"). Prior to that the only real people commemorated with a customized Google logo were movie director Alfred Hitchcock, scientist Albert Einstein, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and artist Pablo Picasso, M.C. Escher and Michelangelo.
2004 "Ray" The Movie depicted the real life story of Ray Charles and went on to become one of the highest grossing Biopic in history, earning over 125 million at the box office, Jamie Foxx for his performance went on to win the Academy Award for best performance by an actor in the leading role. "Ray approved of Jamie and the movie as a whole, with emphasis regarding his mother prior to his death".
2005 Legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to award Ray Charles the Congressional Gold Medal.
2005 President George W. Bush signed into law a bill (PL I 09-25), sponsored by Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (CA-33rd), designating the U.S. postal facility located at 4960 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles, California, as the Ray Charles Post Office Building. On August 24, 2005, the United States Congress honored Charles by dedicating and renaming the former West Adams Station post office in Los Angeles the "Ray Charles Station".
2006 The Country Music Hall of Fame recognized Ray Charles' remarkable career with special emphasis on his country music influences and contributions to the growth and ennoblement of the genre with a 5,000-square-foot Ray Charles exhibit at the time one of the largest for an individual.
2006 The Great American Country produced "Grand Ole Opry Live: A Tribute to Ray Charles" that aired on the CMT Network.
2007 Ray Charles was honored by Cedar-Sinai Medical Center when they re-named the Cafeteria and the Conference Center "The Ray Charles Cafeteria".
2010 Ray Charles is the first musical artist (perhaps the first non-U.S. President), to have a Memorial Library built in his honor. "The Ray Charles Memorial Library".
2010 The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College was opened. The $24-million, 76,000-square-foot facility located at the edge of the historic West End district of the Morehouse campus. It's the largest facility bestowed in his honor joining the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and many other prestigious Morehouse men. (Ray Charles remains the first and only vocalist to have released a Billboard Charts hit in seven different decades (1940s through 2000s.)
Ray Charles remains the first and only recording artist to have recorded a Grammy Award-winning song in six different decades (1950s through 2000s).
Ray Charles was the first vocalist to have won a Grammy Award for recordings with a 46 year spread as he did at the awards in 1960 and 2004. Tony Bennett also accomplished this in 1962 and 2006.
Ray Charles was the first vocalist to win at least one Grammy Award for four consecutive years as he did in 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963.
Ray Charles remains the first and only recording artist to have recorded ten Grammy Award-winning recordings with songs that were originally recorded by others. No other artist has four Grammy Award winning "covers" ...Ray has ten.
Ray Charles remains the first and only recording artist to have released a Billboard Charts Top 10 Chart Hit on five different charts, (Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Dance).
And the legacy continues...