This day (June 10, 2004), in Beverly Hills, California, died Ray Charles, an American singer and musician.
Wikipedia : This day (June 10, 2004), in Beverly Hills, California, died Ray Charles, an American singer and musician.
Ray Charles : Probably the strongest element in his’ life, and the most concentrated driving force, was music. Ray often said, “I was born with music inside me. That’s the only explanation I know.”
@allmusic : The brilliance of his 1950s and ’60s work, however, can’t obscure the fact that he made few classic tracks after the mid-’60s, though he recorded often and performed until the year before his death.
@last.fm : In 1959, Ray Charles crossed over to top 40 radio with the release of his impromptu blues number, “What’d I Say”, which was initially conceived while Charles was in concert. The song would reach number 1 on the R&B list and would become Charles’ first top ten single on the pop charts, peaking at number 6. Charles would also record The Genius of Ray Charles, before leaving Atlantic for a more lucrative deal with ABC Records in 1959. Hit songs such as “Georgia On My Mind” (US #1), “Hit the Road Jack” (US #1) and “Unchain My Heart” (US #9) helped him transition to pop success and his landmark 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music and its sequel Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2, helped to bring country into the mainstream of music.