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Legendary musician Ray Charles sits at his piano and sings into a mic while wearing his trademark sunglasses in this black and white image from 1985

Ray Charles

As a Guest

7 segments
05:44

Remembering Ray Charles

The great singer and pianist Ray Charles died Thursday, June 10, at the age of 73 (Rebroadcast from Oct. 19, 1998.)

16:31

Singer and Pianist Ray Charles

Singer and pianist Ray Charles. He was born in Albany, Georgia. Charles created a new sound when he merged country, blues, R&B and gospel music. His hits include classics such as I Got a Woman, Unchain My Heart, Georgia on My Mind, and Ruby. He has won 12 Grammy Awards.

52:29

From the Archives: Ray Charles' Country Side.

Singer and pianist Ray Charles. His name is synonymous with soul music and rhytmn n blues. But some of his most popular recordings are of country songs. Terry Gross talked to him last year after the release of the four CD box-set "Ray Charles: The Complete Country and Western Recordings 1959-1986. (Rhino) Blind since the age of six (from glaucoma), Charles studied composition and learned many instruments at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind.

As a Topic

11 segments
08:07

50 Years of Ray Charles: After Atlantic.

Rock Historian Ed Ward has pt 2 of 2 in our look at Ray Charles career. This year marks his 50th year in the music business. Much of the music comes from "Ray Charles: Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection" (Rhino)

08:54

50 Years of Ray Charles: The Early Years.

Rock historian Ed Ward begins a 2-part retrospective on the work of Ray Charles, who celebrates 50 years in show business this year. Much of the music comes from "Ray Charles: Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection" (Rhino)

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