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I just found out. When I find out more I will let you know.

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Ray Charles dies at 73

Thursday, June 10, 2004 Posted: 3:44 PM EDT (1944 GMT)


BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- Ray Charles, the Grammy-winning crooner who blended gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as "What'd I Say" and heartfelt ballads like "Georgia on My Mind," died Thursday, a spokesman said. He was 73.

Charles died at his Beverly Hills home surrounded by family and friends, said spokesman Jerry Digney.

Charles' last public appearance was alongside Clint Eastwood on April 30, when the city of Los Angeles designated the singer's studios, built 40 years ago in central Los Angeles, as a historic landmark.

Blind by age 7 and an orphan at 15, Charles spent his life shattering any notion of musical boundaries and defying easy definition. A gifted pianist and saxophonist, he dabbled in country, jazz, big band and blues, and put his stamp on it all with a deep, warm voice roughened by heartbreak from a hardscrabble childhood in the segregated South.

"His sound was stunning -- it was the blues, it was R&B, it was gospel, it was swing -- it was all the stuff I was listening to before that but rolled into one amazing, soulful thing," singer Van Morrison told Rolling Stone magazine in April.

Charles won nine of his 12 Grammy Awards between 1960 and 1966, including the best R&B recording three consecutive years ("Hit the Road Jack," "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Busted").

His versions of other songs are also well known, including "Makin' Whoopee" and a stirring "America the Beautiful." Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell wrote "Georgia on My Mind" in 1931 but it didn't become Georgia's official state song until 1979, long after Charles turned it into an American standard.

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Updated: 03:51 PM EDT
Grammy-Winning Crooner Ray Charles Dies
Charles died at Thursday, surrounded by family and friends.




BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Ray Charles, the Grammy-winning crooner credited with creating American soul music with a blend of gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as "What'd I Say" and "I Got A Woman" and heartfelt ballads like "Georgia on My Mind," died Thursday. He was 73.

Charles died at 11:35 a.m., surrounded by family and friends, said spokesman Jerry Digney.

Charles last public appearance was alongside Clint Eastwood on April 30, when the city of Los Angeles designated the singers studios an historic landmark.

Blind by age 7 and an orphan at 15, Charles spent his life shattering any notion of musical boundaries and defying easy definition. A gifted pianist and saxophonist, he dabbled in country, jazz, big band and blues, and put his stamp on it all with a deep, warm voice roughened by heartbreak from a hardscrabble childhood in the segregated South.

"His sound was stunning - it was the blues, it was R&B, it was gospel, it was swing - it was all the stuff I was listening to before that but rolled into one amazing, soulful thing," singer Van Morrison told Rolling Stone magazine in April 2004.

Charles won nine of his 12 Grammy Awards between 1960 and 1966, including the best R&B recording three consecutive years ("Hit the Road Jack," "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Busted").



06/10/04 15:40 EDT

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A true musical genius who wil be sorely missed!
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What happened? Oh thats a shame.
He has been sick for a while. In fact, the Globe tabloid said three months ago that he was dying.
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I think alot of artists really looked up to him and he will be missed.

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Yes, they did.

He was on of Quincy Jones' idols.
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Updated: 03:45 PM EDT
R&B legend Ray Charles dies in California at 73

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Ray Charles, who battled childhood poverty, blindness and heroin addiction to help pioneer soul music and become one of America's most enduring musicians, died Thursday at the age of 73, his spokesman said .
Charles died at 11:35 a.m. at his Beverly Hills home of complications of liver disease. Family members and his manager were present, said Jerry Digney, his longtime publicist.

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My friend Kim Novak had an affair with him. I will have to send Kim some flowers and a nice card, poor thing.

I am so close to Kim because she was such a bad actress. No competition. We are like Martina and Anna. I was Martina and she was Anna, only I am better looking also.

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My friend Kim Novak had an affair with him. I will have to send Kim some flowers and a nice card, poor thing.

I am so close to Kim because she was such a bad actress. No competition. We are like Martina and Anna. I was Martina and she was Anna, only I am better looking also.
What is with her and balck men?

Didn't she have an affiar with Sammy Davis, Jr. too?
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BTW his real name was Ray Chales Robinson. He shortened it in respect to boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson.
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