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I never wanted to be famous.
I only wanted to be great.Signed by Ray Charles

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  • I was born with music inside me.
    That's the only explanation I know.

    - Ray Charles

  • I never wanted to be famous
    I only wanted to be great.

    - Ray Charles

  • Music is about the only thing that
    people don’t kill each other over

    - Ray Charles

Ray Charles in the studio wearing headphones and sunglasses next to a microphone

Ray Charles® was a legendary musician often called the “Genius”, who pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s.

Charles combined blues, gospel, R&B, rock, country music and jazz to create groundbreaking hits such as “Unchain My Heart,” “I’ve Got A Woman” and “What I’d Say.” His impressive multi award winning 50-year career left an indelible mark on contemporary music all over the world.

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The Legacy of Ray Charles

Looking Back At A Legend

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Ray Charles Album Cover For Georgia on My Mind

Ray Charles’ recordings spanned every genre of music including Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll, Gospel and Country & Western.

We’re all familiar with such hits like “Georgia On My Mind.” “Hit The Road Jack” and “America The Beautiful.” But Ray’s catalog also includes a huge collection of other “classically Ray” recordings that may not be as well known such as “Come Live With Me,” “A Song For You” and many others.

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Joe Adams

The Man Behind The Man

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