Ray Charles – 1930-2004 - Albany, GA
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N 31° 34.569 W 084° 08.911
16R E 770620 N 3496984
Quick Description: This sculpture of Ray Charles singing and playing the piano is located in Riverfront Park near N Front Street and W Broad Ave. This sculpture also contains a sound system so you can enjoy the music of Ray Charles while you admire the sculpture.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/25/2010 1:19:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM8XAD
Ray Charles – 1930-2004
Ray Charles was a pioneering musician who shaped the sound of Rhythm and Blues. Born in Albany, Georgia, Charles was blind by age six. He later became known as one of the world’s most loved entertainers and called the “Genius of Soul” for his innovative renditions of Pop, Rock and Country music. His recording of “Georgia on my Mind” became the official state song of Georgia. He died in Beverly Hills, California at age 73.
Source: Plague located at the statue.
Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician. Charles was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm & blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings for 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. During his tenure with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Charles number 10 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and voted him number two on their November 2008 list of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
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