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Who was Ray Charles?
Problem : heroin
1- Who?
2- What the people talk about Ray Charles?
3- About his musics
4- History about Ray
5- The movie about Ray
6- Problem: heroin
7- Music: Drown In My Own Tears

- He helped racially integrate country and pop music;
- One of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic by a mainstream record company;
-He never worked in just one style, but blended and beautified all that he played.

- Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business”;
- Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time” in November 2008;
- Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege , but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley.

- American singer-songwriter, musician and composer;
- Birth: 09/23/1930 in Albany, Georgia;
- Death: 06/10/2004 in Beverly Hills, California;
- A pioneer in the genre of soul music by fusing rhythm and blues , gospel , and blues styles;

What the people talk about Ray?
"Music to me is like breathing- I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music."- Ray Charles
Unchain My Heart
Hit the Road Jack
Georgia on My Mind
About his musics
- 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 , and Louis Armstrong;
- His playing reflected influences from country blues , barrelhouse and stride piano styles;
- Often called the "Father of Soul," Charles combined blues, gospel and jazz to create groundbreaking hits such as "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on My Mind."

- He attended school at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine from 1937 to 1945, where he developed his musical talent;
- He also learned to play piano, organ, sax, clarinet and trumpet;
- His father died when he was 10 years old, his mother five years later;
- In school, Charles was taught only classical music, but he wanted to play the jazz and blues he heard on the family radio;

- On Halloween and Washington's birthday, the Colored Department of the school had socials where Charles would play. It was here he set "RC Robinson and the Shop Boys" and sang his own arrangement of "Jingle Bell Boogie”.

- While at school, he became the school's premier musician;

Jingle Bell Boogie
About the movie

- The movie shows many flashbacks, where the protagonist remembers the advice of his mother and moments from his childhood, when he lost his brother (who drowned) and when he went blind.

- The movie tells about the musician's life, from the moment he leaves his home toward Seattle to try professional career, until success and heroin addiction and his struggle to get rid of it;

- In November 1961, through a police search in Charles' hotel room, they found heroin in his medicine cabinet;
- In 1965, Charles' career halted after being arrested for a third time for heroin use. He agreed to go to rehab to avoid jail time;
- Charles left his housing in a clinic in Los Angeles;
- While thriving creatively, Charles struggled in his personal life. He continued to battle with heroin addiction.
In the words of musicologist Henry Pleasants: Ray Charles is a master of sounds. It is the singing of a man whose vocabulary is inadequate to express what is in his heart and mind or of one whose feelings are too intense for satisfactory verbal or conventionally melodic articulation. He can’t tell it to you. He can’t even sing it to you. He has to cry out to you, or shout to you, in tones eloquent of despair — or exaltation.
Thank you!
His history
- When Ray was a child, his family moved from Albany, Georgia , where he was born, to the poor black community on the western side of Greenville, Florida;
- One of the most traumatic events of his childhood was testifying the drowning death of his younger brother;
- Charles started to lose his sight at the age of five and was completely blind by the age of seven, apparently due to glaucoma;
Drown In My Own Tears
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