Ray Charles is one of my favorite soulful artists , he also known as “The Genius Of Soul” .
Charles used to work with artists such as Quincy Jones , Willie Nelson , Cole Porter , Johnny Cash and many more .
In 2004, The Movie “Ray” was released to Theaters , Starring with one of my favorite Comedian\Actor\Singer Jamie Foxx that tells Charles story with his blind decease since little age , through the death of his younger brother George to his own way with the combination of drugs addiction & alcohol .
The OST includes the Original Recordings by Charles himself .
Back in the days Charles had a lot of women around him ’till he got married.
Here’s more about him :
Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), known as Ray Charles, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called “Brother Ray.” Charles was blind from the age of seven.
He pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950’s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He also contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues and pop music during the 1960’s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.
Charles cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was also influenced by country, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues artists of the day, including Louis Jordan and Charles Brown. He became friends with Quincy Jones. Their friendship lasted until the end of Charles’s life. Frank Sinatra called Ray Charles “the only true genius in show business,” although Charles downplayed this notion.
In 2002, Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time“, and number two on their November 2008 list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Billy Joel observed, “This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley“.
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Charles had a several songs & albums that were very unique , emotional & funky :