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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

Remembering Ray Charles

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


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.


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

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)


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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