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Ray Charles

Born: 
09/23/1930
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Died: 
06/10/2004
Years Active: 
1947-2004
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Ray Charles Robinson was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues and barrelhouse, and stride piano styles.

Concerts

Event Date Venue City Region Country
Lowell Fulson / Ray Charles 01/20/1952 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
The Dominoes 03/29/1952 Circle Theatre Cleveland Ohio USA
The Dominoes 03/30/1952 Circle Theatre Cleveland Ohio USA
The Dominoes 03/31/1952 Circle Theatre Cleveland Ohio USA
Joe Morris / Ray Charles 05/04/1952 Sunset Terrace Indianapolis Indiana USA
5 Star Rhythm & Blues Revue 11/16/1954 Chattanooga Memorial Auditorium Chattanooga Tennessee USA
Ray Charles 01/06/1956 5-4 Ballroom Los Angeles California USA
Ray Charles 01/07/1956 5-4 Ballroom Los Angeles California USA
Ray Charles 01/08/1956 5-4 Ballroom Los Angeles California USA
Ray Charles 05/23/1956 Trianon Ballroom Indianapolis Indiana USA
Ray Charles 08/23/1956 Trianon Ballroom Indianapolis Indiana USA
Ray Charles 02/25/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 02/25/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 02/26/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 02/27/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 02/28/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 03/01/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 03/02/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 03/03/1957 Gleason's Musical Bar Cleveland Ohio USA
Ray Charles 03/12/1957 K.C. Hall Indianapolis Indiana USA
Ray Charles 05/30/1957 Carr's Beach Annapolis Maryland USA
Fantabulous Rock 'n Roll Show of '57 11/14/1957 Tomlinson Hall Indianapolis Indiana USA
1st Annual April Showers Ball 04/29/1958 Southside Armory Indianapolis Indiana USA
5th Annual Newport Jazz Festival 07/05/1958 Freebody Park Newport Rhode Island USA
14th Annual Cavalcade of Jazz 08/03/1958 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles California USA

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