A report on Ray Charles

Charles in the 1960s
Charles in 1968
Charles in 1971
Charles meeting with President Richard Nixon, 1972 (photo by Oliver F. Atkins)
Charles at the 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of his last public performances
Quincy Jones worked with Ray Charles.
Star honoring Charles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard
Statue by Andy Davis in Ray Charles Plaza in Albany, Georgia

American singer, songwriter and pianist.

- Ray Charles
Charles in the 1960s

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Knight in 1997

Gladys Knight

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American singer and actress.

American singer and actress.

Knight in 1997
Knight in 1974
Knight and the Pips perform aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger on November 1, 1981
Knight and Ron Winans' Chicken & Waffles in Atlanta
Knight in 2016

In 2005 a duet between Knight and Ray Charles of "You Were There" was released on Charles' duets album Genius & Friends.

Confession Blues

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Song by The Maxin Trio released in 1949 as a single on the Down Beat Records label .

Song by The Maxin Trio released in 1949 as a single on the Down Beat Records label .

The single featured American rhythm and blues (R&B) musician Ray Charles on piano and vocals.

Don Gibson in 1970

Don Gibson

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American songwriter and country musician.

American songwriter and country musician.

Don Gibson in 1970

His song "I Can't Stop Loving You", has been recorded by over 700 artists, most notably by Ray Charles in 1962.

Take These Chains from My Heart

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Song by Hank Williams.

Song by Hank Williams.

Ray Charles (October 1962) on the album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two. The song peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 on the R&B singles chart, and at No. 5 in the UK charts, in 1963.

Cover band

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Band that plays songs recorded by someone else, sometimes mimicking the original as accurately as possible, and sometimes re-interpreting or changing the original.

Band that plays songs recorded by someone else, sometimes mimicking the original as accurately as possible, and sometimes re-interpreting or changing the original.

Ray Charles, particularly from the 1960s onward, devoted much of his recording career to soul covers of pop, jazz and country music.

America the Beautiful

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Patriotic American song.

Patriotic American song.

Commemoration plaque atop Pikes Peak in July 1999
Historical marker at Grace Church in Newark where Samuel Ward worked as organist, and wrote and perfected the tune "Materna" that is used for "America the Beautiful".
Katharine Lee Bates, ca. 1880–1890

In 1976, while the United States celebrated its bicentennial, a soulful version popularized by Ray Charles peaked at number 98 on the US R&B chart.

Dee Dee Bridgewater

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American jazz singer.

American jazz singer.

In concert in 1990
Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater giving a masterclass to musicians in Rabat, Morocco

The same year saw her in Lady Day, as Billie Holiday, for which role she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award, as well as recording the song "Precious Thing" with Ray Charles, featured on her album Victim of Love.

Booker in 1978

James Booker

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New Orleans rhythm and blues keyboardist born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

New Orleans rhythm and blues keyboardist born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Booker in 1978

He learned some elements of his keyboard style from Tuts Washington and Edward Frank, and was later influenced by Professor Longhair and Ray Charles.

Carmichael in 1947

Hoagy Carmichael

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American musician, composer, songwriter, actor and lawyer.

American musician, composer, songwriter, actor and lawyer.

Carmichael in 1947
Carmichael's house in Bloomington, Indiana (2011)
Carmichael sharing the Saturday Night Revue duties with George Gobel

Ray Charles's classic rendition of "Georgia on My Mind", released on August 19, 1960, was a major hit.

Rhythm and Blues Foundation

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Independent American nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music.

Independent American nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music.

Ray Charles (Lifetime Achievement Award)