Remember Singer Ray Charles? Sadly He Went Blind at 7 but Still Became a Legend.

Remember Singer Ray Charles? Sadly He Went Blind at 7 but Still Became a Legend.


remember singer Ray Charles sadly he
went blind at seven but still became a legend Ray Charles is considered one of
the pioneers of soul music despite being blind from a young age he learned how to
play several instruments and with time built a legacy in the music industry
that has managed to endure time even after his passing in 2004 just a few
artists have the privilege of being recognized as the pioneers in specific
music genres Ray Charles Robinson as one of them by
bringing certain dynamics of gospel chord changes call-and-response
techniques and vocal screams and moans and adding it to blues based lyrics
Charles did more than secularized gospel he created a new genre of music Charles
was a skillful musician in all aspects and his blindness never got in the way
of his career born in 1930 in Albany Georgia he began to lose his sight at
age 4 stemmed from an unknown ailment that may have been glaucoma by the time
he was 7 Ray was totally blind still he began to
take piano lessons from a local pianist Wylie Pittman he also soaked up gospel
music at the Shiloh Baptist Church and rural Blues from several local musicians
from 1937 to 1945 he attended the st. Augustine School for the Deaf and the
blind there he started to take formal piano lessons as well as clarinet alto
saxophone trumpet in organ he also learned to write music in Braille and
played Chopin and Art Tatum in an interview made a few months before his
death Charles was asked about the effects of
his blindness on his career to which he replied
nothing nothing nothing I was going to do what I was going to do anyway I
played music since I was three I could see then I lost my sight when I was
seven so blindness didn’t have anything to do
with it it didn’t give me anything and it didn’t take nothing Charles left
school at 15 after his mother died and moved to Jacksonville Florida to pursue
a career as a musician he played with several bands for two years and then
moved to Seattle where he formed the maxim trio a group modeled to imitate
Charles’s idol Nat King Cole and also Charles Brown in the early 50s Charles
and the band had two R&B hits with baby let me hold your hand and Kiss Me Baby
on the small LOS angeles-based swing time label after that he joined the band
of blues guitarist lowell fulson as their musical director two years late he
moved to New Orleans to work with guitar slim as pianist and arranger and later
he signed to Atlantic Records where he finally found his own voice as a
musician his 1955 single I got a woman became a hit and has continuously
singled out as the song that defined his path a fool for you drown in my own
tears and Peleliu yeah I loved her so followed the same luck in the charts in
the mid 1950s Charles introduced the Ray lets a group of female backup singers
who responded like a gospel choir in his performances in 1958 Charles recorded an
album with Milt Jackson of the modern jazz quartet and performed at the
Newport Jazz Festival expanding his fan base to the Jazz genre Charles was arrested for heroin
possession in the mid 1960s that led him to stay away from the spotlight for a
year as he worked on getting rid of his addiction he picked up where he left off
with let’s go get stoned in 1966 he also started his own label tangerine which
released albums through ABC and on its own Charles kept touring until a few months
before his passing he underwent a hip replacement surgery in early 2004 but
recovered and was ready to start another scheduled tour around the US however he
developed other complications and died from liver disease On June 10th at his
home in Beverly Hills California he was 73 I ain’t going to live forever
he said during one of his last interviews I got enough sense to know
that I also know it’s not a question of how long I live but it’s a question of
how well I live thanks for watching like share and subscribe for more

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