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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The Cookies in 1962

The Cookies

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American R&B girl group active in two distinct lineups, the first from 1954 to 1958 which later became The Raelettes, and the second from 1961 to 1967.

American R&B girl group active in two distinct lineups, the first from 1954 to 1958 which later became The Raelettes, and the second from 1961 to 1967.

The Cookies in 1962
The Cookies in 1962

The group was introduced to Ray Charles through their session work for Atlantic Records.

The Raelettes

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The Raelettes (or occasionally The Raelets or The Raeletts) were an American girl group formed in 1958 to provide backing vocals for Ray Charles.

Morrison performing on 23 August 2015

Van Morrison

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Northern Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose recording career spans six decades.

Northern Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose recording career spans six decades.

Morrison performing on 23 August 2015
Morrison in 1972
Morrison performing at the Marin Civic Center, 2007.
Morrison performs in 1976 at the Band's final concert filmed for The Last Waltz.
Morrison performs at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in 2010.
Morrison and daughter Shana Morrison in Berkeley California; 9 December 2006

His father had what was at the time one of the largest record collections in Northern Ireland (acquired during his time in Detroit, Michigan, in the early 1950s) and the young Morrison grew up listening to artists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles, Lead Belly, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Solomon Burke; of whom he later said, "If it weren't for guys like Ray and Solomon, I wouldn't be where I am today. Those guys were the inspiration that got me going. If it wasn't for that kind of music, I couldn't do what I'm doing now."

Performing in Paris in 1980

Lowell Fulson

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American blues guitarist and songwriter, in the West Coast blues tradition.

American blues guitarist and songwriter, in the West Coast blues tradition.

Performing in Paris in 1980

At the age of eighteen, he moved to Ada, Oklahoma, and joined Alger "Texas" Alexander for a few months in 1940, but later moved to California, where he formed a band which soon included a young Ray Charles and the tenor saxophone player Stanley Turrentine.

Tangerine Records (1962)

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Tangerine Records was a record label founded by musician Ray Charles in 1962.

"Here We Go Again" 7-inch single cover art

Here We Go Again (Ray Charles song)

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"Here We Go Again" 7-inch single cover art
Charles in July 2003, less than 11 months before his 2004 death

"Here We Go Again" is a country music standard written by Don Lanier and Red Steagall that first became notable as a rhythm and blues single by Ray Charles from his 1967 album Ray Charles Invites You to Listen.

Brown performing in 1996

Charles Brown (musician)

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American singer and pianist whose soft-toned, slow-paced nightclub style influenced West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s.

American singer and pianist whose soft-toned, slow-paced nightclub style influenced West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s.

Brown performing in 1996

He influenced such performers as Floyd Dixon, Cecil Gant, Ivory Joe Hunter, Percy Mayfield, Johnny Ace and Ray Charles.

Percy Mayfield

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American Rhythm and blues singer with a smooth vocal style.

American Rhythm and blues singer with a smooth vocal style.

He also was a songwriter, known for the songs "Please Send Me Someone to Love" and "Hit the Road Jack", the latter being a song first recorded by Ray Charles.

ABC Records

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American record label founded in New York City in 1955.

American record label founded in New York City in 1955.

ABC Paramount 78rpm record and original sleeve

Ray Charles formed Tangerine Records in March 1962 and arranged for ABC-Paramount to distribute Tangerine's records.

Ashford & Simpson in New York City, March 2000

Ashford & Simpson

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American husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording duo of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946).

American husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording duo of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (born August 26, 1946).

Ashford & Simpson in New York City, March 2000

Another of the trio's songs, "Let's Go Get Stoned," gave Ray Charles a number one U.S. R&B hit in 1966.