Ray Charles

1930 - 2004

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Ray Charles Robinson Sr. (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers ever, and he was often referred to by contemporaries as "The Genius". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ray Charles has received more than 12,381,963 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Ray Charles is the 19th most popular musician (down from 15th in 2019), the 151st most popular biography from United States (down from 119th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Musician.

Ray Charles was most famous for being a singer and pianist. He was also a singer of rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, and country music. He was born in 1930 and died in 2004.

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  • 82

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  • 5.94

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  • 5.20

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Ray Charles ranks 19 out of 2,675Before him are Leopold Mozart, Clara Schumann, George Harrison, Elton John, Arcangelo Corelli, and Madonna. After him are Brian May, Cat Stevens, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Jeff Beck.

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Among people born in 1930, Ray Charles ranks 14Before him are Pierre Bourdieu, Helmut Kohl, Steve McQueen, Hafez al-Assad, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Godard. After him are Buzz Aldrin, Mobutu Sese Seko, Salvatore Riina, Gene Hackman, Baudouin of Belgium, and Philippe Noiret. Among people deceased in 2004, Ray Charles ranks 5Before him are Ronald Reagan, Marlon Brando, Yasser Arafat, and Jacques Derrida. After him are Juliana of the Netherlands, Francis Crick, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peter Ustinov, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Czesław Miłosz, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ray Charles ranks 151 out of 15,968Before him are Tupac Shakur (1971), Phineas Gage (1823), Madonna (1958), James Watson (1928), Vin Diesel (1967), and James Brown (1933). After him are Barbra Streisand (1942), Clark Gable (1901), Carl Sagan (1934), Paul Newman (1925), Tom Hanks (1956), and Jane Fonda (1937).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

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