Ray Charles

1930 - 2004

Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray." He was often referred to as "The Genius." Charles was blinded during childhood due to glaucoma.Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic. He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ray Charles has received more than 9,537,312 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 14th most popular musician.

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  • 9.5M

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  • 73.49

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  • 79

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  • 6.77

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.86

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Ray Charles ranks 15 out of 2,258Before him are Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, Leopold Mozart, and Elton John. After him are Arcangelo Corelli, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Clara Schumann, Brian May, and Naruhito.

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Among people born in 1930, Ray Charles ranks 10Before him are George Soros, Michael Collins, Warren Buffett, Pierre Bourdieu, Helmut Kohl, and Jean-Luc Godard. After him are Jacques Derrida, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Buzz Aldrin, Hafez al-Assad, Steve McQueen, and Mobutu Sese Seko. Among people deceased in 2004, Ray Charles ranks 4Before him are Ronald Reagan, Yasser Arafat, and Marlon Brando. After him are Jacques Derrida, Juliana of the Netherlands, Francis Crick, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Françoise Sagan, Czesław Miłosz, Peter Ustinov, and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ray Charles ranks 119 out of 12,171Before him are Dick Cheney (1941), Martin Scorsese (1942), Richard Feynman (1918), Grace Hopper (1906), Gerald Ford (1913), and William James (1842). After him are John Adams (1735), Carl Rogers (1902), Dr. Seuss (1904), Nicolas Cage (1964), Jesse Owens (1913), and Vince McMahon (1945).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Ray Charles ranks 6Before him are Michael Jackson (1958), Bob Dylan (1941), Madonna (1958), Jimi Hendrix (1942), and Louis Armstrong (1901). After him are Chuck Berry (1926), B.B. King (1925), Miles Davis (1926), Frank Zappa (1940), Ronnie James Dio (1942), and Brian Wilson (1942).