Ray Charles

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Ray Charles Robinson
  • Birth Place: Albany, GA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/23/1930, Virgo
  • Date of Death: 06/10/2004
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter; pianist
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Ray Charles Fast Facts:
  • At age 5, witnessed the death of his younger brother, George, who drowned in a washtub.
  • Became permanently blind from glaucoma at age 7.
  • Learned to read and compose music in Braille.
  • Dropped Robinson from his last name to distinguish himself from boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.
  • His rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" was named Georgia's state song in 1979.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the institution's inaugural class in 1986.
  • Is the subject of Oscar-winning movie Ray (2004) and the stage show Unchain My Heart.
  • Ray Charles Relationships:
  • Corey Robinson den Bok - Son
  • David Robinson - Son
  • George Robinson - Brother
  • Arlette Kotchounian - Ex-significant Other
  • Chantelle Bertrand - Ex-significant Other
  • Ray Charles Jr. - Son
  • Louise Mitchell - Ex-significant Other
  • Sandra Jean Betts - Ex-significant Other
  • Vincent Kotchounian - Son
  • Eileen Williams - Ex-wife
  • Evelyn Robinson - Daughter
  • Mae Mosely Lyles - Ex-significant Other
  • Mary Anne den Bok - Ex-significant Other
  • Alexandra Bertrand - Daughter
  • Bailey Robinson - Father
  • Raenee Robinson - Daughter
  • Reatha Butler - Daughter
  • Robert Robinson - Son
  • Aretha Robinson - Mother
  • Della Beatrice Howard - Ex-wife
  • Margie Hendricks - Ex-significant Other
  • Robyn Moffett - Daughter
  • Sheila Robinson - Daughter
  • Charles Hendricks - Son
  • Ray Charles Awards:
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music, Lyrics and Special Material - Winner
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music, Lyrics and Special Material - Winner
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Music for Special Events - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction - Nominee
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics - Nominee
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album - Winner
  • 1960 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male - Winner
  • 1966 Grammy: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male - Winner
  • 1962 Grammy: Best Rhythm & Blues Recording - Winner
  • 1960 Grammy: Best Vocal Performance Single Record or Track, Male - Winner
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction - Nominee
  • 1966 Emmy: Individual Achievements in Music - Nominee
  • 1975 Grammy: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male - Winner
  • 1960 Grammy: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1961 Grammy: Best Rhythm & Blues Recording - Winner
  • 1960 Grammy: Best Vocal Performance Album, Male - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Gospel Performance - Winner
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction - Nominee
  • 1966 Grammy: Best Rhythm & Blues Recording - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Album of the Year - Winner
  • 1990 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 1963 Grammy: Best Rhythm & Blues Recording - Winner
  • 2004 Grammy: Record of the Year - Winner

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