Ray Charles at his last concert
|Birth name||Ray Charles Robinson|
September 23, 1930|
Albany, Georgia, United States
|Origin||Greenville, Florida, United States|
|Died||June 10, 2004
Beverly Hills, California, United States
|Genres||R&B, soul, blues, jazz, gospel|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Singing, piano, alto saxophone|
|Labels||Atlantic, ABC, Warner Bros. Records|
Charles was born in Albany, Georgia and was raised in Greenville, Florida. When he was six he started going blind and was completely blind by age 7. He played jazz, soul, and R&B music. Charles never knew exactly why he lost his sight, though there are sources which suggest his blindness was due to glaucoma. He attended school at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida. He also learned how to write music and play various musical instruments. While he was there, his father died, and his mother died five years later. Charles died in 2004 from liver failure.
Star honoring Charles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard
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