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Ray Charles

1930 - 2004

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Ray Charles Robinson Sr. (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. He is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers in history, and 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 15,258,231 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Ray Charles is the 17th most popular musician (up from 19th in 2019), the 121st most popular biography from United States (up from 151st 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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  • 15M

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  • 74.10

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 84

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.48

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.74

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Ray Charles ranks 17 out of 2,662Before him are Elton John, Clara Schumann, Paul McCartney, Leopold Mozart, Madonna, and Arcangelo Corelli. After him are Brian May, Jean-Michel Jarre, Charlie Watts, George Harrison, Władysław Szpilman, and Ringo Starr.

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Among people born in 1930, Ray Charles ranks 11Before him are Michael Collins, Warren Buffett, Helmut Kohl, George Soros, Pierre Bourdieu, and Jean-Luc Godard. After him are Jacques Derrida, Hafez al-Assad, Steve McQueen, Buzz Aldrin, Mobutu Sese Seko, and Baudouin of Belgium. 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, Christopher Reeve, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Françoise Sagan, Czesław Miłosz, and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ray Charles ranks 121 out of 18,182Before him are Jackson Pollock (1912), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), Carl Rogers (1902), Madonna (1958), Vince McMahon (1945), and James Watson (1928). After him are Sitting Bull (1831), Brad Pitt (1963), Phineas Gage (1823), Isadora Duncan (1877), Grace Hopper (1906), and Linus Pauling (1901).

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 Scatman John (1942), Miles Davis (1926), Frank Zappa (1940), Ronnie James Dio (1942), B.B. King (1925), and Brian Wilson (1942).