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Ray Charles: Rare and Classic Photos of an American Genius, 1966 (Photo: Bill Ray)

The Great Ray Charles    "What'd I Say I & II" - "Careless love" - "I Got a Woman"  - "You Don't Know Me" - "Georgia On My Mind", "Night Time is the Right Time"

The Great Ray Charles "What'd I Say I & II" - "Careless love" - "I Got a Woman" - "You Don't Know Me" - "Georgia On My Mind", "Night Time is the Right Time" Ray Charles version of Georgia On My Mind is the official state song of Georgia

Bill Ray - Ray Charles plays an encore at Carnegie Hall, 1966.

Blind Singer and Jazz Pianist Ray Charles Performing in Concert at Carnegie Hall

Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis.  Taping of Fats Domino And Friends on June 5, 1986, in New Orleans.

Ray Charles, Fats Domino & Jerry Lee Lewis, 1986 in New Orleans.

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Ray Charles Robinson, known professionally as Ray Charles, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray.

Ray Charles, native of Albany Georgia. "Georgia On My Mind"

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 1930 - June was a one of first performers to fuse R nd Gospel music to create Soul back in The Fifties and he exerted a major influence on the development of the Rock Roll genre.

Ray Charles - the great behind 'Georgia On My Mind' and 'Hallelujah I Love Her So'

Ray Charles -'Georgia On My Mind' and 'Hallelujah I Love Her So'

In 1972 Ray Charles and The Raelettes (line-up here: Vernita Moss, Dorothy Berry, Mable John, Susaye Greene, Estella Yarbrough) guested on the Carol Burnett Show three times.

In 1972 Ray Charles and The Raelettes (line-up here: Vernita Moss, Dorothy Berry, Mable John, Susaye Greene, Estella Yarbrough) guested on the Carol Burnett Show three times.

Ray Charles, embracing his audience at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, on July 9, 1983. Photo by Rob Bogaerts.

Ray Charles, embracing his audience at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, on July Photo by Rob Bogaerts.

avagardner: “ Ray Charles singing, with arms outstretched, during performance at Carnegie Hall, photographed by Billy Ray, 1966. ”

Ray Charles singing, with arms outstretched, during performance at Carnegie Hall, photographed by Billy Ray,

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