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Ray Charles has led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the prevailing racism of the time, by the age of 32 Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius. By combining the influences of gospel, jazz, blues, and even country music, he invented, almost single-handed, what became known as soul. Over a career spanning close to 50 years, Ray Charles has remained in complete control of his life and music, allowing nobody to tell him what to do.

Brother Ray 1992, Da Capo Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780306804823

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