This American singer, pianist, arranger and songwriter is one of the most important artists in the post-war history. Born Ray Charles Robinson in Georgia in 1932, he was blinded at the age of six and rendered an orphan while in his early teens.
After moving to Seattle, Washington, he spent the early 50's playing in a trio which based its style heavily on that of Nat King Cole. It was about this time that he dropped his surname, in order to avoid confusion with star boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. During the mid to late 50's Charles developed his own highly distinctive style, fusing rhythm and blues, gospel and jazz, and helping to create soul music, a genre that exploded into fashion in the 60's.
His late 70's and early 80's recordings did not break new ground but were nonetheless competent restatements of his electric approach that, 20 years earlier, has opened up new possibilities for countless future stars.
What Have I Done?
Goin' Down Slow
Now She's Gone
Rocking Chair Blues
A Sentimental Blues
Can Anyone Ask For More
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
You Always Miss The Water (When The Well Runs Dry)
Alone In The City
Let's Have A Ball
This Love of Mine
Can't You See Darling
If I Give You My Love
Some Day (Blues Is My Middle Name)
Don't Put All Your Dreams In One Basket
I Found My Baby There
She's On The Ball