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Birthday: September 23, 1930
Place: Albany, Georgia, USA
Height: 5' 9"
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| One of the father's of contemporary soul, Ray Charles has become an American musical institution. Born Ray Charles Robinson in a small Georgia town, Charles contacted glaucoma at the age of six and lost his sight, but this has not stopped him from launching an active and productive career that has continued through the 1990s and on. He has often appeared in music documentaries and has performed in feature films, where he usually appears as himself. He has also been on television, either hosting his own specials, or acting as a guest artist on those of others.
- He was married twice and had many girlfriends. He had 12 children, 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
- Blind from glaucoma since age 6.
- Hired for a car commercial, he actually drove a car without assistance - in the Death Valley desert. He said that it was one of the most exciting experiences of his life.
- Awarded honorary doctor of humane letters by Wilberforce University, a private, historically black university in Wilberforce, Ohio (December 1999)
- Awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1998.
- His best known hit in America was his 1962 pop hit "I Can't Stop Loving You," which spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts.
- One of the few black performers to have a No. 1 song on Billboard magazine's country charts, that being a 1985 duet with Willie Nelson called "Seven Spanish Angels".
- Charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
- 24 November 2003 - Underwent hip replacement surgery in L.A.
- He struggled with a heroin addiction for nearly 20 years before quitting cold turkey in 1965 after an arrest at the Boston airport.
- Dropped the "Robinson" from his name as a young performer to avoid confusion with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.
- Had a hip replacement in the fall of 2003 in which he had to cancel his very first concert in 53 years of performing on the road.
- Had three #1 pop hits with "Georgia On My Mind" (1960), "Hit the Road Jack" (1961), and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (1962).
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as part of the institution's inaugural 10-member class that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown and Jerry Lee Lewis. He also received the Recording Academy's lifetime achievement award at the 1987 Grammy Awards.
- Despite his blindness, he was a chess-playing fanatic who was known to set up games between sets and concerts.
- At the time of his death, a feature film originally titled "Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Story" (renamed for release as Ray (2004/I)), starring Jamie Foxx, was being completed.
- He inspired many blind musicians to pursue careers such as Ronnie Milsap and Terri Gibbs.
- He was voted the 10th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
- Became the big winner at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in L.A. getting eight Grammys for his final album, Genius Loves Company, becoming album of the year, and his song, Here We Go Again, featuring Norah Jones, becoming record of the year.
- Had twelve children: Ray Charles Robinson, Jr., David Robinson, Robert Robinson (all of Della Beatrice Robinson), Charles Wayne Hendricks (son of the late Margie Hendricks - one of the Raelettes), Reatha Butler, Alexandra Bertrand (daughter of Chantelle Bertrand), Robyn Moffett, Evelyn Robinson (daughter of Louise Mitchell), Raenee Robinson (daughter of Mae Mosely Lyles), Sheila Robinson (daughter of Sandra Jean Betts), Vincent Kotchounian (son of Arlette Kotchounian), and Ryan Corey Robinson den Bok (son of Mary Anne den Bok)
- He was a longtime supporter of Israel, and was named "Man of the Year" by the B'nai Brith in 1976.
- Performed at Ronald Reagan's second inauguration in 1985, and at Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993.
- Legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to award him the Congressional Gold Medal. (February 2005)
- Shared his birthday with rock and roll singer Bruce Springsteen and actor Jason Alexander.
- Was an admirer of singer Nat "King" Cole and even imitated his style in his early performances, which guaranteed him continued work before perfecting his own style.
- He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1993 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
- One of the first singers to own his own master recordings.
Naked Photos of Ray Charles are available at MaleStars.com. They
currently feature over 65,000 Nude Pics, Biographies, Video Clips,
Articles, and Movie Reviews of famous stars.