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Ray Charles Presentation #3 (PURPLE!!)

Ray Charles was a Black singer in the 1950s to 2004 he was one of the best in his time
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Silvia Nguyen

on 23 February 2011

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songs: Ray Charles Was born on September, the 23rd in 1930 in Albany, Georgia, US son of Bailey and Mary Robinson and had a younger brother named George When Ray was an infant, his family moved from Albany, Georgia, where he was born, to the poor black community on the western side of Greenville, Florida. His musical curiosity was sparked at Mr. Wiley Pit's Red Wing Cafe when Pit played boogie woogie on an old upright piano. Pit would care for George, Ray's brother, so as to take the burden off Williams. However, George drowned in the Williams' wash tub when he was four years old. Charles started to lose his sight at the age of five. He went completely blind by the age of seven, apparently due to glaucoma 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. During this time he performed on WFOY radio in St. Augustine. His father died when he was 10 and his mother died five years after. In school, Charles was taught only classical music, but he wanted to play the jazz and blues he heard on the family radio. He played with the Adderley brothers, Nat and Cannonball, and began playing gigs with Lawyer Smith and his Band in 1943 at the Red Bird Club and DeLuxe Clubs in Frenchtown and roadhouses around Tallahassee, as well as the Governor's Ball After his mother died in 1945, Charles was 15 years old and didn't return to school. He lived in Jacksonville with a couple who were friends of his mother. For over a year, he played the piano for bands at the Ritz Theatre in LaVilla, earning $4 a night. Then he moved to Orlando, and later Tampa, where he played with a southern band called The Florida Playboys. This is where he began his habit of always wearing sunglasses Charles had always played for other people, but he wanted his own band. He decided to leave Florida for a large city, but Chicago and New York City were too big. After asking a friend to look in a map and note the city in the United States that was farthest from Florida, he moved to Seattle in 1947 and soon started recording, first for the Down Beat label as the Maxin Trio with guitarist G.D. McKee and bassist Milton Garrett, achieving his first hit with "Confession Blues" in 1949. The song soared to #2 on the R&B charts. He joined Swing Time Records and under his own name ("Ray Charles" to avoid being confused with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson)[10] recorded two more R&B hits, "Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand" (#5) in 1951 and "Kissa Me Baby" (#8) in 1952. The following year, Swing Time folded and Ahmet Ertegün signed him to Atlantic Records. Almost immediately after signing with Atlantic, Charles scored his first hit singles. "Mess Around" was an R&B hit in 1953. "It Should Have Been Me" and "Don't You Know" both made the charts in 1954, but "I Got a Woman" (composed with band mate Renald Richard)brought him to national prominence. and died on Thursday,June, the 10th in 2004 at age 73 at beverly Hills, California, US, in his home at 11:35am cause of death-hepatocellular Carcinoma (which is a type of liver cancer) Ray Charles had experience with many types of genres during his time in the music business, he experiemented with: R&B soul blues rock&roll and jazz country gospel pop but what he was best known for was his "soul music" soul music is a music genre originating in the US, combining elements of gospel music and R&B. People wondered how he could put so many styles together and made it work. They called him a musical genius, they loved him and his 331 songs. Many people looked up to him for his perserverence and dedication to the musical arts, even though he was blind, he still managed to make a success of himself. He is considered an important contributor to music and North American culture because of his struggles and accomplishments. Because he was addicted to heroin and let go. Because he was blind and still managed to make something of himself. Him and his 331 songs have inspired many Americans and Canadians, and have also caught the attention of Sinatra and Bing Crosby, who befor him, had been masters of words. While Ray Charles Robinson was a master at sounds. Here are some clips showcasing one of Ray Charles top hit songs, "Georgia on my mind" THE END!!!!! THIS PRESENTATION WAS MADE BY: Monica Junell & Silvia
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