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RAY CHARLES CONCERT
Actor Jamie Foxx poses for photographers before a concert paying tribute to the late musician Ray Charles at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, October 8, 2004. The concert will be televised by the CBS television network on October 22 with the title of "Genius: A Night to Remmeber". Foxx plays Ray Charles in a film titled, "Ray", based on the life of Charles which opens October 29.(UPI Photo/Francis Specker)
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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, was an American musician. He 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. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.”

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.

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