Ray Charles


Age: 73

pianist, singer and composer considered as a towering figure in American popular music who was blind since the age of 7 who burst onto the scene in 1954 with his blend of gospel and blues music on I Got A Woman which many credit as the beginning of soul music, who went on to score 76 hits on the pop charts including number 1 hits like I Can't Stop Loving You, Georgia On My Mind and Hit the Road Jack, whose 1962 album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, which broke new ground by combining soul and country music, is considered by many to be one of the best albums of all time, and who won 12 Grammy awards during his career continuing to perform until 2004.

Cause of Death: Complications of liver disease

Born: September 23, 1930

Died: June 10, 2004

Beverly Hills, California