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  • Real name : Ray Charles Robinson
  • Place of birth : Albany
  • Date of birth : 23/09/23
  • Place of death : Beverly Hills
  • Date of death : 10/06/2004

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  • Brother Ray
  • Charles Ray
  • El Padre del Soul
  • The Genius»
  • «Brother Ray

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Ray Charles (23)

Ray Charles Robinson

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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.

Rolling Stone ranked Charles number ten on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, and number two on their November 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In honoring Charles, Billy Joel noted: "This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley. I don't know if Ray was the architect of rock & roll, but he was certainly the first guy to do a lot of things . . . Who the hell ever put so many styles together and made it work?"

  Biography  

 career
 Early career: 1945–1952
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, made by designer Billy Stickles.

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 No. 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) recorded two more R&B hits, "Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand" in 1951 and "Kissa Me Baby" in 1952. The following year, Swing Time folded and Ahmet Ertegün signed him to Atlantic Records.

 Atlantic Records: 1953–1959
Almost immediately after signing with Atlantic, Charles scored his first hit single. "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" brought him to national prominence.

The song reached the top of Billboard's R&B singles chart in 1955 and from there until 1959 he would have a series of R&B successes including "A Fool For You" , "This Little Girl of Mine", "Lonely Avenue", "Mary Ann", "Drown in My Own Tears" and the No. 5 hit "The Night Time ", which were compiled on his Atlantic releases Hallelujah, I Love Her So, Yes Indeed!, and The Genius Sings the Blues.

During this time of transition, he recruited a young girl group from Philadelphia, The Cookies, as his background singing group, recording with them in New York and changing their name to the Raelettes in the process.

 Crossover success: 1959–1967


After his Atlantic Records contract had ended, Ray Charles signed with ABC-Paramount Records in November 1959, obtaining a much more liberal contract than other artists had at the time. Following his commercial and pop crossover breakthrough with the complex hit single "What'd I Say" earlier that year, ABC offered Charles a $ 50,000 annual advance, higher royalties than previously offered and eventual ownership of his masters — a very valuable and lucrative deal at the time. Composed by Charles himself, the single furthered Charles's mainstream appeal, while becoming a Top 10 pop hit and selling a million copies in the United States, despite the ban placed on the record by some radio stations, in response to the song's sexually-suggestive lyrics. However, by the time of the release of the instrumental jazz LP Genius + Soul = Jazz for ABC's subsidiary label Impulse!, Charles had virtually given up on writing original material and had begun to follow his eclectic impulses as an interpreter.

With his first hit single for ABC-Paramount, Charles received national acclaim and a Grammy Award for the Sid Feller-produced "Georgia on My Mind", originally written by composers Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael, released as a single by Charles in 1960. The song served as Charles's first work with Feller, who arranged and conducted the recording. Charles also earned another Grammy for the follow-up "Hit the Road Jack", written by R&B singer Percy Mayfield. By late 1961, Charles had expanded his small road ensemble to a full-scale big band, partly as a response to increasing royalties and touring fees, becoming one of the few black artists to crossover into mainstream pop with such a level of creative control. This success, however, came to a momentary halt in November 1961, as a police search of Charles's hotel room in Indianapolis, Indiana during a concert tour led to the discovery of heroin in his medicine cabinet. The case was eventually dropped, as the search lacked a proper warrant by the police, and Charles soon returned his focus on music and recording.

The 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, helped to bring country into the mainstream of music. His version of the Don Gibson song, I Can't Stop Loving You topped the Pop chart for five weeks and stayed at No. 1 R&B for ten weeks in 1962. It also gave him his only number one record in the UK. In 1962, he founded his own record label, Tangerine Records which ABC-Paramount promoted and distributed. He also had major pop hits in 1963 with "Busted" and Take These Chains From My Heart , and a Top 20 hit four years later, in 1967, with "Here We Go Again" .

 Later years: 1965-2004
In 1965, Ray Charles was arrested for possession of heroin, a drug to which he had been addicted for nearly 20 years. It was his third arrest for the offense, but he avoided jail time after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles. He spent a year on parole in 1966, when his single "Crying Time" reached No. 6 on the charts.

During the late 1960s and into the 1970s, Charles's releases were hit-or-miss, with some big hits and critically acclaimed work. His version of "Georgia On My Mind" was proclaimed the state song of Georgia on April 24, 1979, and he performed it on the floor of the state legislature. He also had success with his unique version of "America the Beautiful".

In November 1977 he appeared as the host of NBC's Saturday Night Live. In the 1980s a number of other events increased Charles's recognition among young audiences. He made a cameo appearance in the popular 1980 film The Blues Brothers. In 1985, "The Right Time" was featured in the episode "Happy Anniversary" of The Cosby Show on NBC. The next year, he sang America The Beautiful at Wrestlemania 2. In a Pepsi Cola commercial of the early 1990s – composed by Kenny Ascher, Joseph C. Caro, and Helary Jay Lipsitz – Charles popularized the catchphrase "You Got the Right One, Baby!" and he was featured in the recording of "We Are the World" for USA for Africa.

After having supported Martin Luther King, Jr. and for the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Charles courted controversy when he toured South Africa in 1981, during an international boycott of the country because of its apartheid policy.

In 1989, Charles recorded a cover version of the Japanese band Southern All Stars' song "Itoshi no Ellie" as "Ellie My Love" for a Suntory TV advertisement, reaching No. 3 on Japan's Oricon chart. Eventually, it sold more than 400,000 copies, and became that year's best-selling single performed by a Western artist for the Japanese music market.

Charles also appeared at two Presidential inaugurations in his lifetime. In 1985, he performed for Ronald Reagan's second inauguration, and in 1993 for Bill Clinton's first.

In the late 1980s/early 1990s, Charles made appearances on the Super Dave Osbourne TV show, where he performed and appeared in a few vignettes where he was somehow driving a car, often as Super Dave's chauffeur. At the height of his newfound fame in the early nineties, Charles did guest vocals for several projects. He also appeared on long time friend Quincy Jones' hit "I'll Be Good to You" in 1990, from Jones's album Back on the Block. Following Jim Henson's death in 1990, Ray Charles appeared in the one-hour CBS tribute, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson. He gave a short speech about Henson, stating that he "took a simple song and a piece of felt and turned it into a moment of great power". Charles was referring to the song "It's Not Easy Being Green", which he later performed with the rest of the Muppet cast in a tribute to Henson's legacy.

During the sixth season of Designing Women, Charles sang "Georgia on My Mind", instead of the song being rendered instrumentally by other musicians as in the previous five seasons. He also appeared in 4 episodes of the popular TV comedy The Nanny in Seasons 4 & 5 (1997 & 1998) as 'Sammy', in one episode singing "My Yiddish Mamma" to December romance and later fiancee of character Gramma Yetta, played by veteran actress Ann Guilbert.

From 2001-2002, Charles appeared in commercials for the New Jersey Lottery to promote its "For every dream, there's a jackpot" campaign.

In 2003, Ray Charles headlined the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. where the President, First Lady, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice attended. He also presented one of his greatest admirers, Van Morrison, with his award upon being inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the two sang Morrison's song "Crazy Love". This performance appears on Morrison's 2007 album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3.

In 2003 Charles performed "Georgia On My Mind" and "America the Beautiful" at a televised annual electronic media journalist banquet held in Washington, D.C., at what may have been his final performance in public. His final public appearance came on April 30, 2004, at the dedication of his music studio as a historic landmark in the city of Los Angeles.

 personal life
 Family
Charles was married twice and fathered 12 children with nine different women. His first marriage to Eileen Williams was brief: July 31, 1951 to 1952. He had three children from his second marriage, to Della Beatrice Howard Robinson from April 5, 1955 to 1977. His long term girlfriend and partner at the time of his death was Norma Pinella.

A list of his children:

  • Born ~ 1950: Evelyn Robinson
  • Born ~ 1955: Ray Charles Robinson, Jr.
  • Born ~ 1958: David Robinson
  • Born ~ 1959: Charles Wayne Robinson
  • Born ~ 1960: Reverend Robert Robinson
  • Born ~ 1961: Raenee Robinson
  • Born ~ 1963: Sheila Raye Charles Robinson
  • Born ~ 1966: Alicia Robinson
  • Born ~ 1968: Alexandra Robinson
  • Born ~ 1977: Vincent Robinson
  • Born ~ 1978: Robyn Robinson
  • Born ~ 1987: Ryan Corey Robinson

Charles gave 10 of his 12 children checks for one million USD in December 2002 at a family luncheon, while the other two could not make it.

 Substance abuse and legal issues
On November 14, 1961, Charles was arrested on a narcotics charge in an Indiana hotel room, where he waited to perform. The detectives seized heroin, marijuana, and other items. Charles, then 31, stated that he had been a drug addict since the age of 16. While the case was dismissed because of the manner in which the evidence was obtained, Charles's situation did not improve until a few years later. Individuals such as Quincy Jones and Reverend Henry Griffin felt that those around Charles were responsible for his drug use.

By 1964 Charles's drug addiction caught up with him and he was arrested for possession of marijuana and heroin. Following a self-imposed stay at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California, Charles received five years' probation. Charles responded to the saga of his drug use and reform with the songs "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Let's Go Get Stoned", and the release of his first album since having kicked his heroin addiction in 1966, Crying Time.

 Other interests
Charles played chess using a special board with holes for the pieces and raised squares. Charles referred to Willie Nelson as "my chess partner" in a 1991 concert. In 2002, he played and lost to American Grandmaster and former U.S. Champion Larry Evans.

 death
Charles died on June 10, 2004 at 11:35 a.m. of liver disease at his home in Beverly Hills, California, surrounded by family and friends. He was 73 years old. His body was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery.


His final album, Genius Loves Company, released two months after his death, consists of duets with various admirers and contemporaries: B.B. King, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and Johnny Mathis. The album won eight Grammy Awards, including five for Ray Charles for Best Pop Vocal Album, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Here We Go Again" with Norah Jones, and Best Gospel Performance for "Heaven Help Us All" with Gladys Knight; he also received nods for his duets with Elton John and B.B. King. The album included a version of Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow", sung as a duet by Charles and Johnny Mathis, which recording was later played at his memorial service.

Two more posthumous albums, Genius & Friends and Ray Sings, Basie Swings , were released. Genius & Friends consisted of duets recorded from 1997 to 2005 with his choice of artists. Ray Sings, Basie Swings consists of archived vocals of Ray Charles from live mid-1970s performances added to new instrumental tracks specially recorded by the contemporary Count Basie Orchestra and other musicians. Charles's vocals recorded from the concert mixing board were added to new accompaniments to create a "fantasy concert" recording. Gregg Field, who had performed as a drummer with both Charles and Basie, produced the album.

 legacy
Charles possessed one of the most recognizable voices in American music. In the words of musicologist Henry Pleasants:

Sinatra, and Bing Crosby before him, had been masters of words. Ray Charles is a master of sounds. His records disclose an extraordinary assortment of slurs, glides, turns, shrieks, wails, breaks, shouts, screams and hollers, all wonderfully controlled, disciplined by inspired musicianship, and harnessed to ingenious subtleties of harmony, dynamics and rhythm... It is either 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. The voice alone, with little assistance from the text or the notated music, conveys the message.

Ray Charles is usually described as a baritone, and his speaking voice would suggest as much, as would the difficulty he experiences in reaching and sustaining the baritone's high E and F in a popular ballad. But the voice undergoes some sort of transfiguration under stress, and in music of gospel or blues character he can and does sing for measures on end in the high tenor range of A, B flat, B, C and ev in full voice, sometimes in an ecstatic head voice, sometimes in falsetto. In falsetto he continues up to E and F above high C. On one extraordinary record, "I’m Going Down to the River’ . . . he hits an incredible B flat . . . . giving him an overall range, including the falsetto extension, of at least three octaves.

In 1979, Charles was one of the first of the Georgia State Music Hall of Fame to be recognized as a musician born in the state. Ray's version of "Georgia On My Mind" was made the official state song for Georgia. In 1981, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was one of the first inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony in 1986. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986.

In 1987, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1991, he was inducted to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 1998 he was awarded the Polar Music Prize together with Ravi Shankar in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2004 he was inducted to the Jazz Hall of Fame, and inducted to the National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Grammy Awards of 2005 were dedicated to Charles.

On December 7, 2007, Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, lighted bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano. Later that month, on December 26, 2007, Ray Charles was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. He was also presented with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, during the 1991 UCLA Spring Sing.

In 2003, Charles was awarded an honorary degree by Dillard University. Upon his death, he endowed a professorship of African-American culinary history at the school, which is the first such chair in the nation. A $20 million performing arts center at Morehouse College was named after Charles and was dedicated in September 2010.

The biopic Ray, an October 2004 film portrays his life and career between 1930 and 1966 and stars Jamie Foxx as Charles. Foxx won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor for the role. The movie is the all-time number one biopic per screen average, opening on 2006 screens and making 20 million dollars.

The RPM International building is located on the corner of Westmorland Blvd. and Washington Blvd., which is also dedicated as the "Ray Charles Square".

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Name Duration Released
A Little Bitty Tear 03:35 2010
I Don't Want No One But You 04:20 2010
Isn't It Wonderful 04:13 2010
There'll Be Some Changes Made 04:04 2010
I'm Gonna Keep On Singin' 05:30 2010
Wheel Of Fortune 04:00 2010
Love's Gonna Bite You Back 03:54 2010
She's Gone 03:10 2010
Ray Has Left the Building 00:00 09/11/2006
Jambalaya 00:00 09/11/2006
Lewis Boogie 00:00 09/11/2006
Since You've Been Gone 00:00 09/11/2006
I'm a Fool for You 00:00 09/11/2006
Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma 02:51 03/10/2006
Come Live with Me 04:10 03/10/2006
Ray Charles Opener 00:00 08/2006
I Don't Know 00:00 08/2006
Do It to Me Slow 00:00 08/2006
Blues Is My Middle Name 03:08 2006
C.C. Rider 02:41 12/2005
I'm Wonderin' and Wonderin' 03:16 12/2005
I'll Do Anything But Work 02:27 12/2005
Lonely Boy 02:49 12/2005
Can't Keep a Good Man Down 00:00 08/11/2005
Just Ask Me To 00:00 08/11/2005
Never Stop 00:00 08/11/2005
Compared To What 00:00 2005
Imagine 00:00 2005
You Were There 00:00 2005
Surrender To Love 00:00 2005
It All Goes By So Fast 00:00 2005
Shout 00:00 2005
Blues Hangover 02:19 2005
You Are My Sunshine 00:00 2005
Touch 00:00 2005
I Got a Break Baby 02:47 2005
All I Want To Do 00:00 2005
Blame It On The Sun 00:00 2005
I Will Be There 00:00 2005
Big Bad Love 00:00 2005
Tell Me Baby 02:36 23/11/2004
Leave My Woman Alone 02:47 23/11/2004
Baby Won't You Please Come Home 02:55 23/11/2004
No One 00:00 16/11/2004
Untitled Jazz 00:00 16/11/2004
Birth of a Band 00:00 16/11/2004
My Bonnie Traditional 00:00 16/11/2004
Hava Nagila 00:00 09/11/2004
First Visit 00:00 09/11/2004
I'll Never Stand in Your Way 00:00 09/11/2004
Hold on, I'm Coming 00:00 09/11/2004
Arrival 00:00 09/11/2004
Shake 00:00 09/11/2004
Holy Land Tour 00:00 09/11/2004
Fever 03:30 31/08/2004
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word 03:59 31/08/2004
Crazy Love 03:42 31/08/2004
Sweet Potato Pie 03:47 31/08/2004
Over the Rainbow 04:54 31/08/2004
Here We Go Again 03:59 31/08/2004
Heaven Help Us All 04:32 31/08/2004
Sinner's Prayer 04:25 31/08/2004
Hey Girl 05:15 31/08/2004
It Was a Very Good Year 04:59 31/08/2004
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? 04:34 31/08/2004
Don't Set Me Free 00:00 2004
Mary Ann 02:47 2004
Bye Bye, Love 02:11 2004
Voices of Jubilation 00:00 2004
the Right Time 00:00 2004
Hide 'Nor Hair 00:00 2004
Night Time Is the Right Time 03:24 2004
Born to Lose 03:15 2004
Nothing Gonna Stop Me 00:00 2004
The Snow Is Falling 02:48 2004
Baby, Don't You Cry 00:00 2004
Drown in My Own Tears 03:21 2004
I Can't Stop Loving You 00:00 2004
Why Did You Go? 02:48 2004
One Minute Julep 00:00 2004
Hallelujah, I Love Her So 03:05 2004
Unchain My Heart 02:50 2004
Let Me Hear You Call My Name 03:32 2004
The Danger Zone 00:00 2004
Living for the City 00:00 2004
I Got a Woman 02:52 2004
Hit the Road Jack 02:00 2004
I Love You, I Love You 02:41 2004
Intro Raelettes 00:00 2004
Yes, Indeed! 00:00 2004
Feel So Bad 00:00 2004
Mess Around 02:41 2004
Georgia on My Mind 03:39 2004
Almost Like Being in Love Again 00:00 2004
Misery in My Heart 03:03 2004
The Spirit-Feel 00:00 2004
Then We'll Be Home 00:00 2004
What'd I Say 04:38 2004
Let The Good Times Roll 02:48 2004
Route 66 00:00 2004
See See Rider 02:35 2004
Swanee River Rock 00:00 2004
Don't Let Her Know 00:00 2004
Hard Times 02:55 2004
You Don't Know Me 03:16 2004
Just the Way You Look Tonight 00:00 2004
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 05:01 07/10/2003
Total Praise 00:00 07/10/2003
All Night, All Day 06:05 07/10/2003
Voices of Jubilation: What If God's Unhappy 00:00 07/10/2003
The Christmas Song 05:22 07/10/2003
Angel Keep Watching Over Me 00:00 07/10/2003
What Kind of Man Is This 03:29 07/10/2003
Ray Charles : What Kind of Man Is This 00:00 07/10/2003
Introduction 00:00 07/10/2003
Silent Night 06:45 07/10/2003
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 03:14 07/10/2003
From a Distant 00:00 07/10/2003
Oh, Happy Day 06:53 07/10/2003
Spirit 00:00 07/10/2003
Confession Blues 00:00 2003
Can't You See Darling? 00:00 2003
Sitting on Top of the World 00:00 2003
Some Day 00:00 2003
She's on the Ball 00:00 2003
You Be My Baby 00:00 2003
Late in the Evening Blues 00:00 2003
Tell Me How Do You Feel 00:00 2003
Don't Put All Your Dreams in One Basket 00:00 2003
I'm Movin' On 00:00 2003
Don't You Know 00:00 2003
Heartbreaker 00:00 2003
It Should've Been Me 00:00 2003
Kissa Me Baby 00:00 2003
Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand 00:00 2003
Sentimental Blues 00:00 2003
I Wonder 00:00 26/11/2002
Margie 00:00 26/11/2002
Alexander's Ragtime Band 00:00 26/11/2002
Come Rain or Come Shine 00:00 26/11/2002
I Believe to My Soul 00:00 26/11/2002
Ray Charles Introduces the Raelettes 00:00 11/2002
Scotia Blues 00:00 11/2002
You Made Me Love You 00:00 11/2002
Just for a Thrill 00:00 11/2002
Mississippi Mud 00:00 11/2002
I'll Be Home (Sadie's Tune) 00:00 11/2002
Mr. Ray Charles 00:00 11/2002
Shadows on My Mind 00:00 11/2002
Watch Them Dogs 00:00 11/2002
That's Enough 00:00 04/10/2002
How Did You Feel the Morning After 04:27 2002
Mr. Creole 05:09 2002
Can You Love Me Like That 03:56 2002
New Orleans 03:26 2002
Ensemble 03:53 2002
I Just Can't Get Enough of You 04:22 2002
Save Your Lovin' Just for Me 05:54 2002
Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again 03:57 2002
Really Got a Hold on Me 04:34 2002
Mother 05:19 2002
I Love You More Than I Ever Have 05:37 2002
Blues for Big Scotia 03:50 2001
Say No More 05:45 2001
Till There Was You 02:50 2001
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To 03:20 2001
It Had to Be You 04:19 2001
A Song for You 05:34 2001
Love in Three Quarter Time 02:47 2001
I Found My Baby There 02:35 01/1999
How Long 02:31 01/1999
Now She's Gone 02:20 01/1999
Goin' Down Slow 02:18 01/1999
If I Give You My Love 00:00 09/1997
Honey Honey 00:00 09/1997
Ray Charles Blues 00:00 09/1997
I've Had My Fun 00:00 09/1997
You'll Always Miss the Water 00:00 09/1997
Let's Have a Ball 00:00 09/1997
Rockin' Chair Blues 00:00 09/1997
I'm Going Down to the River 00:00 09/1997
Can Anyone Ask for More 00:00 09/1997
This Love of Mine 00:00 09/1997
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying 05:15 1997
What'd I Say, Pts. 1 & 2 05:07 1997
Rock House, Pts. 1 & 2 03:56 1997
Danger Zone 00:00 04/1996
Band Intro 00:00 04/1996
Strong Love Affair 04:08 1996
Tell Me What You Want Me to Do 05:21 1996
Angelina 04:06 1996
If You Give Me Your Heart 04:27 1996
No Time to Waste Time 03:38 1996
I Need a Good Woman Bad 04:59 1996
All She Wants to Do Is Love Me 04:15 1996
Separate Ways 04:07 1996
The Fever 03:46 1996
Out of My Life 04:25 1996
Everybody's Handsome Child 03:56 1996
Monologue 00:00 01/1995
I Won't Leave 'Til I Get What I Come For 00:00 01/1995
Ode to Billy Joe 00:00 01/1995
The Girl I Used to Know 00:00 01/1995
If You Were Mine 00:00 11/11/1993
I Chose to Sing the Blues 00:00 11/11/1993
I Don't Need No Doctor 00:00 11/11/1993
Don't Change on Me 00:00 11/11/1993
My World 04:01 03/1993
Still Crazy After All These Years 04:57 03/1993
Love Has a Mind of Its Own 04:06 03/1993
If I Could 04:52 03/1993
One Drop of Love 04:22 03/1993
Let Me Take Over 05:25 03/1993
So Help Me God 03:59 03/1993
None of Us Are Free 04:59 03/1993
Long Gone Lonesome 00:00 1992
I Can See Clearly Now 00:00 1992
Some Enchanted Evening 00:00 1992
Oh What a Beautiful Morning 00:00 1992
Riding Thumb 00:00 1992
Let's Fall in Love 00:00 1992
Steel Guitar Rag 00:00 1992
I Wonder Who 02:46 01/10/1991
Funny But I Still Love You 03:16 01/10/1991
Nobody Cares 02:40 01/10/1991
America the Beautiful 04:00 28/05/1991
For Mama 00:00 1991
The Good Life 00:00 1991
It's Not Easy Being Green 00:00 1991
Eleanor Rigby 00:00 1991
It Hurts to Be in Love 00:00 1991
If You Go Away 00:00 1991
All I Ever Needed Is You 00:00 1991
They Can't Take That Away from Me 00:00 1991
Your Cheating Heart 00:00 1991
Take These Chains from My Heart 00:00 1991
Ellie, My Love 04:09 16/10/1990
Your Love Keeps Me Satisfied 03:37 16/10/1990
Leave Him 04:19 16/10/1990
I'll Take Care of You 03:59 16/10/1990
Where're the Stairs? 04:24 16/10/1990
Living Without You 04:39 16/10/1990
Fresh Out of Tears 03:21 16/10/1990
Child Support & Alimony 03:45 16/10/1990
Let's Get Back to Where We Left Off 04:12 16/10/1990
I Can't Get Enough 03:17 16/10/1990
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 00:00 07/1988
Now I Don't Believe That Anymore 00:00 07/1988
Too Hard to Love You 00:00 07/1988
I Wish I'd Never Loved You at All 00:00 07/1988
Save the Bones for Henry Jones 00:00 07/1988
Nothing Like a Hundred Miles 00:00 07/1988
If That's What'cha Want 00:00 07/1988
I'd Walk a Little More for You 00:00 07/1988
Over the Top 00:00 07/1988
Stranger in My Hometown 00:00 07/1988
Dixie Moon 00:00 07/1986
A Little Bit of Heaven 00:00 07/1986
Caught A Touch of Your Love 00:00 07/1986
Class Reunion 00:00 07/1986
Anybody with the Blues 00:00 07/1986
The Pages of My Mind 00:00 07/1986
Love Is Worth the Pain 00:00 07/1986
Beaucoup Love 00:00 07/1986
Over And Over 00:00 07/1986
Christmas in My Heart 04:14 1985
All I Want for Christmas 04:24 1985
That Spirit of Christmas 05:06 1985
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 04:04 1985
This Time of the Year 03:15 1985
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 03:29 1985
The Little Drummer Boy 05:30 1985
Christmas Time 04:39 1985
What Child Is This? 05:00 1985
Winter Wonderland 03:32 1985
Baby Grand 04:04 08/1984
Who Cares 02:58 08/1984
We Didn't See a Thing 02:12 08/1984
Everybody Has the Blues 03:40 08/1984
This Old Heart 03:05 08/1984
Seven Spanish Angels 03:52 08/1984
Two Old Cats Like Us 02:35 08/1984
Crazy Old Soldier 03:33 08/1984
Little Hotel Room 03:01 08/1984
It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind 02:54 08/1984
Friendship 02:41 08/1984
Rock & Roll Shoes 02:43 08/1984
Let Your Love Flow 03:37 1983
I Don't Want No Stranger Sleepin' in My Bed 03:33 1983
Born to Love Me 03:50 1983
Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride at All 04:06 1983
I Wish You Were Here Tonight 03:09 1983
Shakin' Your Head 03:46 1983
3/4 Time White 04:23 1983
You've Got the Longest Leaving Act in Town 03:16 1983
String Bean 04:01 1983
You Feel Good All Over 04:41 1983
Light Out of Darkness 00:00 1981
Talkin' 'Bout You 00:00 1981
Busted 00:00 1981
Don't Tell Me Your Troubles 00:00 1981
That Lucky Old Sun 00:00 1981
Careless Love 00:00 1981
Ophelia 00:00 1980
Now That We've Found Each Other 00:00 1980
A Poor Man's Song 00:00 1980
Don't You Love Me Anymore? 00:00 1980
Anyway You Want To 00:00 1980
Questions 00:00 1980
I Can't Change It 00:00 1980
One of These Days 00:00 09/1979
What'll I Do? 00:00 09/1979
Just Because 00:00 09/1979
Blues in the Night 00:00 09/1979
Love Me Tonight 00:00 09/1979
Drift Away 00:00 09/1979
Love Me or Set Me Free 00:00 09/1979
We Had It All 00:00 09/1978
She Knows 00:00 09/1978
Take off That Dress 00:00 09/1978
You 20th Century Fox 00:00 09/1978
Give the Poor Man a Break 00:00 09/1978
Is There Anyone Out There? 00:00 09/1978
A Peace That We Never Before Could Emjoy 00:00 09/1978
No Achievement Showing 00:00 09/1978
The Jealous Kind 04:38 01/10/1977
Let It Be 03:27 01/10/1977
Game Number Nine 04:07 01/10/1977
Anonymous Love 04:36 01/10/1977
Be My Love 04:19 01/10/1977
How Long Has This Been Going On? 05:07 01/10/1977
For Her 00:00 10/1975
I'm Gonna Go Fishin' 00:00 10/1975
Project S 00:00 10/1975
Nothing Wrong 00:00 10/1975
Metamorphosis 00:00 10/1975
Samba De Elencia 00:00 10/1975
Ray Minor Ray 00:00 10/1975
3/4 of the Time 00:00 10/1975
Sister Sadie 00:00 10/1975
Sail Away 00:00 01/05/1975
My God And I 00:00 01/05/1975
Blowing the Blues Away 00:00 01/1975
Spain 00:00 01/1975
Am I Blue 00:00 01/1975
Introduction MC Ray Charles 00:00 01/1975
Problems, Problems 00:00 1974
Louise 00:00 1974
Where Was He 00:00 1974
Somebody 00:00 1974
My First Night Alone Without You 03:40 11/1972
Rainy Night in Georgia 06:15 11/1972
Never Ending Song of Love 02:37 11/1972
You Leave Me Breathless 04:10 11/1972
If You Wouldn't Be My Lady 04:10 11/1972
A Perfect Love 04:07 11/1972
Someone to Watch Over Me 03:20 11/1972
I Can Make It Through the Days 03:52 11/1972
Lift Every Voice and Sing 00:00 04/1972
Every Saturday Night 00:00 04/1972
Take Me Home, Country Roads 00:00 04/1972
Abraham, Martin and John 00:00 04/1972
What Have They Done to My Song, Ma 00:00 04/1972
Hey Mister 00:00 04/1972
There'll Be No Peace Without All Men As One 00:00 04/1972
Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong 00:00 04/1972
Our Suite 00:00 1972
Kids Are Pretty People 00:00 1972
Going Home 00:00 1972
Morning of Carnival 00:00 1972
Brazilian Skies 00:00 1972
A Pair of Threes 00:00 1972
Togetherness 00:00 1972
See You Then 04:19 1971
Down In the Valley 04:35 1971
I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful) 02:59 1971
Something 04:00 1971
Wichita Lineman 04:03 1971
The Three Bells 04:19 1971
The Long And Winding Road 03:04 1971
What Am I Living For 03:36 1971
Till I Can’t Take It Anymore 03:27 06/1970
Your Love Is So Doggone Good 02:59 06/1970
Ring Of Fire 03:05 06/1970
I Remember Clifford 03:43 04/1970
This Here 04:43 04/1970
Booty-Butt 04:17 04/1970
Senior Blues 05:26 04/1970
Golden Boy 03:29 04/1970
Angel City 04:27 04/1970
Zig Zag 04:34 04/1970
Pas-Se-O-Ne Blues 04:47 04/1970
Bluesette 03:23 04/1970
Sidewinder 03:34 04/1970
How Long, How Long Blues 09:15 1970
Till The End Of Time 02:39 02/1969
Memories Of You 04:25 02/1969
We Can Make It 03:38 1969
Come and Get It 02:46 1969
Baby Please 03:29 1969
You Ought to Change Your Ways 02:39 1969
Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers 02:21 1969
I Told You So 04:09 1969
The Same Thing That Can Make You Laugh 02:03 1969
If It Wasn't for Bad Luck 04:42 1969
That Thing Called Love 02:49 1969
I'm Ready 03:15 1969
Yours 00:00 03/1968
Love Is Here to Stay 00:00 03/1968
I Didn't Know What Time It Was 00:00 03/1968
I Had the Craziest Dream 00:00 03/1968
Indian Love Call 00:00 03/1968
I Won't Leave 03:32 1968
When I Stop Dreamin' 03:04 1968
Never Say Naw 03:06 1968
A Sweet Young Thing Like You 00:00 1968
Understanding 00:00 1968
The Sun Died 00:00 1968
The Bright Lights and You Girl 02:39 1968
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You 02:56 06/1967
All for You 05:05 06/1967
I'll Be Seeing You 05:34 06/1967
She's Funny That Way 04:53 06/1967
Love Walked In 00:00 02/1967
How Deep Is the Ocean 00:00 02/1967
Yesterday 00:00 02/1967
People 00:00 02/1967
By the Light of the Silvery Moon 00:00 07/1966
Chitlins With Candied Yams 00:00 07/1966
Sentimental Journey 00:00 07/1966
It's a Man's World 03:23 07/1966
You Don't Understand 00:00 07/1966
She's Lonesome Again 02:29 07/1966
What-Cha Doing in There 00:00 07/1966
Maybe It's Because of Love 03:08 07/1966
A Born Loser 00:00 07/1966
Please Say You're Fooling 02:43 07/1966
Granny Wasn't Grinning That Day 00:00 07/1966
You're Just About to Lose Your Clown 00:00 02/1966
Drifting Blues 00:00 02/1966
Peace of Mind 00:00 02/1966
Let's Go Get Stoned 00:00 02/1966
Don't You Think I Ought to Know 00:00 02/1966
Tears 00:00 02/1966
Next Door to the Blues 00:00 08/1965
Please Forgive and Forget 00:00 08/1965
Together Again 00:00 08/1965
Blue Moon of Kentucky 00:00 08/1965
I've Got a Tiger by the Tail 00:00 08/1965
I Don't Care 00:00 08/1965
Watch It Baby 00:00 08/1965
Opening 00:35 01/1965
Finale 01:55 01/1965
Makin' Whoopee 06:17 01/1965
Maybe It's Nothing at All 03:12 1965
I Like to Hear It Sometime 02:55 1965
All Night Long 03:06 1965
Move It On Over 02:40 06/1964
I Never See Maggie Alone 05:46 06/1964
Two Ton Tessie 04:00 06/1964
Feudin' and Fightin' 02:15 06/1964
Smack Dab in the Middle 03:21 06/1964
Teardrops in My Heart 03:05 03/1964
Cry 03:34 03/1964
I Wake Up Crying 03:00 03/1964
My Heart Cries for You 02:51 03/1964
After My Laughter Came Tears 03:13 03/1964
You've Got Me Crying Again 02:52 03/1964
No One to Cry To 02:43 03/1964
No Use Crying 03:19 03/1964
A Tear Fell 02:45 03/1964
Crying Time 02:58 03/1964
Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry 04:20 03/1964
A Stranger In Town 02:26 07/1963
In The Evening 05:50 07/1963
Ol' Man Time 02:27 07/1963
Oh, Lonesome Me 02:10 10/1962
Midnight 03:17 10/1962
No Letter Today 03:01 10/1962
Just a Little Lovin' 03:26 04/1962
I Love You So Much It Hurts 03:33 04/1962
Half as Much 03:24 04/1962
What Have I Done? 00:00 1962
Blues Before Sunrise 00:00 1962
Alone in the City 00:00 1962
Them That Got 02:47 1962
Spruchin' Up 00:00 1962
Jug of Joel 00:00 1962
Flip Flooie Flip 00:00 1962
St. Pete's Blues 00:00 1962
Ray's Blues 02:55 10/1961
Feelin' Sad 02:50 10/1961
The Midnight Hour 03:02 10/1961
Early in the Mornin' 02:48 10/1961
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye 04:41 08/1961
For All We Know 03:44 08/1961
Together 01:35 08/1961
Baby, It's Cold Outside 04:10 08/1961
Side by Side 02:23 08/1961
Cocktails for Two 03:15 08/1961
People Will Say We're in Love 02:51 08/1961
Just You, Just Me 02:04 08/1961
Goodbye 03:20 08/1961
Alone Together 04:45 08/1961
You and I 03:28 08/1961
Takes Two to Tango 03:22 08/1961
Stella by Starlight 03:47 01/1961
Rosetta 02:29 01/1961
Ruby 03:51 01/1961
Nancy 03:02 01/1961
Hardhearted Hannah 03:14 01/1961
Blue Genius 06:38 1961
Love on My Mind 03:45 1961
Soul Meeting 06:03 1961
X-Ray Blues 07:01 1961
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny 02:02 09/1960
Deep in the Heart of Texas 02:28 09/1960
Moon Over Miami 03:20 09/1960
California, Here I Come 02:10 09/1960
New York's My Home 03:05 09/1960
Moonlight in Vermont 03:02 09/1960
Basin Street Blues 02:46 09/1960
Chattanooga Choo Choo 03:05 09/1960
Alabamy Bound 01:55 09/1960
Blue Hawaii 02:58 09/1960
Mister C 04:28 03/1960
Stompin' Room Only 03:35 03/1960
I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town 03:38 03/1960
Let's Go 02:39 03/1960
Moanin' 03:14 03/1960
I've Got News For You 04:28 03/1960
From The Heart 03:30 03/1960
Birth Of The Blues 05:05 03/1960
Strike Up The Band 02:35 03/1960
Mean to Me 04:13 1960
Fathead 05:20 1960
Sweet Eyes 03:43 1960
Bill for Bennie 04:14 1960
Willow Weep for Me 04:56 1960
Weird Beard 04:46 1960
Two Years of Torture 03:25 11/1959
When Your Lover Has Gone 02:51 11/1959
My Bonnie 00:00 10/1959
Roll with My Baby 00:00 10/1959
Tell All the World About You 00:00 10/1959
Rockhouse 00:00 10/1959
What Kind of Man Are You 00:00 10/1959
Jumpin' in the Morning 00:00 10/1959
Tell The Truth 00:00 28/05/1959
Frenesi 00:00 28/05/1959
The Sun's Gonna Shine Again 02:39 10/1958
Blackjack 02:21 10/1958
Lonely Avenue 02:36 10/1958
Get On the Right Track 02:20 10/1958
I Want to Know 02:27 10/1958
It's Alright 02:18 10/1958
What Would I Do Without You? 02:38 10/1958
I Want a Little Girl 02:56 10/1958
I Had a Dream 02:55 10/1958
'Deed I Do 05:50 06/1958
Bags Of Blues 08:50 06/1958
Charlesville 04:55 06/1958
The Genius After Hours 05:24 06/1958
Cosmic Ray 05:23 06/1958
How Long Blues 09:16 06/1958
Blue Funk 08:05 06/1958
Blues Waltz 06:29 05/1958
ln a Little Spanish Town 03:47 05/1958
Sherry 04:18 05/1958
Hot Rod 03:43 05/1958
The Ray 04:00 08/1957
Undecided 03:40 08/1957
Black Coffee 05:32 08/1957
There's No You 04:47 08/1957
Music, Music, Music 02:56 08/1957
Doodlin' 05:54 08/1957
The Man I Love 04:28 08/1957
Sweet Sixteen Bars 04:07 08/1957
Dawn Ray 05:03 08/1957
Joy Ride 04:40 08/1957
Ain't Misbehavin' 05:41 08/1957
Hornful Soul 05:30 08/1957
I Surrender, Dear 05:08 08/1957
My Melancholy Baby 04:20 08/1957
Funny 03:15 1957
Come Back Baby 03:06 1957
Ain't That Love 02:51 1957
Greenbacks 02:52 1957
This Little Girl of Mine 02:33 1957
Losing Hand 03:14 1957

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