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Birth name: Ray Charles Robinson.
Also known as: Brother Ray, The Genius.
Born: September 23, 1930 Albany, Georgia, United States.
Died: June 10, 2004 (age 73) Beverly Hills, California, United States.
Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004), a pioneering American pianist and soul musician who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues. He brought a soulful sound to country music, pop standards, and a rendition of "America the Beautiful" that Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes called the "definitive version of the song, an American anthem - a classic, just as the man who sang it."
Frank Sinatra called him "the only true genius in the business." And in 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Ray Charles #10 on their list of The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.