Tribute to Ray Charles

December 1st, 2011 by Black Gospel Choir

September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004


Ray Charles began working as a musician in many bands that played in various styles, including jazz and, in Tampa "with a hillbilly band called The Florida Playboys." Although most of his career is best known for the hits on the R&B charts, some critics felt he was playing church "music" with popuar lyrics on some of the songs.
With Rays crossover success into pop and country music, the drive to expand and express never stop. 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.


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