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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Warner Brothers Records publicity photo, July 1977

Buck Owens

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American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader.

American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader.

Warner Brothers Records publicity photo, July 1977
KUZZ Radio logo featuring a depiction of Owens' trademark guitar

It achieved crossover success on to the pop charts, reinforced by R&B singer Ray Charles releasing cover versions of two of Owens' songs that became pop hits that year: "Crying Time" and "Together Again".

I Don't Need No Doctor

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R&B song written by Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Jo Armstead.

R&B song written by Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Jo Armstead.

It was then picked up and recorded by Ray Charles and released in October 1966.

The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3

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Compilation album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, that was released on 11 June 2007 in the UK with a digital version released in the U.S. on iTunes Store, on 12 June 2007.

Compilation album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, that was released on 11 June 2007 in the UK with a digital version released in the U.S. on iTunes Store, on 12 June 2007.

The album's thirty-one tracks include previously unreleased collaborations with Tom Jones ("Cry For Home") and Bobby Bland ("Tupelo Honey") as well as duets with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Ray Charles.

This Little Girl of Mine

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"This Little Girl of Mine" is a rhythm and blues single written and released as a single by Ray Charles in 1955 on the Atlantic label.

Henry Stone

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American record company executive and producer whose career spanned the era from R&B in the early 1950s through the disco boom of the 1970s to the 2010s.

American record company executive and producer whose career spanned the era from R&B in the early 1950s through the disco boom of the 1970s to the 2010s.

In 1951 he recorded Ray Charles’ "St. Pete Florida Blues", among others.

Hitsville U.S.A., Motown's former studio-headquarters and now museum, with photos of Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder in the window display

Progressive soul

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Type of African-American music that uses a progressive approach, particularly in the context of the soul and funk genres.

Type of African-American music that uses a progressive approach, particularly in the context of the soul and funk genres.

Hitsville U.S.A., Motown's former studio-headquarters and now museum, with photos of Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder in the window display
Wonder (shown in 1973) recorded a series of innovative prog-soul albums in the 1970s.
Isaac Hayes (1973), another singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist in the genre
Maurice White, frontman for Earth, Wind & Fire, 1975
The P-Funk Mothership, preserved at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Bilal, a progressive soul singer-songwriter, in 2008
Janelle Monáe (2016), noted for her multi-genre, Afrofuturist works

The music academic Bill Martin traces the origins of progressive soul to Motown as well as Ray Charles and James Brown, whose recordings altogether span as early as the 1950s, while the jazz writer Rob Backus cites an early example in the Impressions' 1964 song "Keep On Pushing".

A Fool for You

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"A Fool for You" is a bluesy, proto-soul single written and released by musician Ray Charles on Atlantic Records in 1955.

Baby Grand

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Fourth and final single released off Billy Joel's album The Bridge.

Fourth and final single released off Billy Joel's album The Bridge.

A duet with Joel and Ray Charles, the song is a ballad dedicated to the baby grand piano, and the relationship it can share with its players.

Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two

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Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two is a 1962 album by Ray Charles.

Guitar Slim

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American guitarist in the 1940s and 1950s, best known for the million-selling song "The Things That I Used to Do", produced by Johnny Vincent for Specialty Records.

American guitarist in the 1940s and 1950s, best known for the million-selling song "The Things That I Used to Do", produced by Johnny Vincent for Specialty Records.

Guitar Slim Mississippi Blues Trail marker

He had a minor rhythm and blues hit in 1952 with "Feelin' Sad", which Ray Charles covered.