Ray Charles Trivia

  • Ray Charles
    • Famous as : Soul singer, pianist
    • Birth Name : Ray Charles Robinson
    • Birth Date : September 23, 1930
    • Birth Place : Albany, Georgia, USA
    • Spouse : Elieen Williams (1951-1952), Della Beatrice Howard (1995-1997)
    • Claim to Fame : Single "I Got a Woman" (1954)
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  • Ranked 8th on Forbes' 6th annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list conducted in the year of 2006.
  • In February 2005, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, presented by Legislation in the House of Representatives.
  • Ray once perfomed at Ronald Reagan's 2nd inauguration (1985) and Bill Clinton's 1st (1993).
  • His autobiography was named "Brother Ray."
  • He found Ray Charles Foundation for the hearing impaired.
  • Ray tested actor Jammie Foxx to play a line of Thelonious Monk Jazz before he acted in "Ray" (2004).
  • He drunk half a mug of black coffee and Bols gin, and two sugars every day since he got clean.
  • Ray prefered to be paid in single dollar bills.
  • He neither used a cane nor dog, but was navigated by the sound of his hard-soled shoes instead.
  • Ray can ride a motorcycle, drive a car, and fly a plane though he is blind.
  • He's able to play piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and organ since attending School for Deaf and Blind in Florida.
  • He was listed as Rolling Stone's 10th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of All Time.
  • His 2003 concert was anulled due to his hip replacement surgery.
  • Ray was addicted to heroin for nearly 20 years and got clean in 1965.
  • He earned Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1998.
  • In December 1999, Wilberforce University awarded him an honorary doctor of humane letters.
  • He loves playing chess.
  • Frank Sinatra named him "the Genius of Soul."
  • His interest over jazz-music occurred since high school.
  • He made a cameo appearance in "Ray."
  • The screenplay of movie "Ray" was translated into Braille so that he could read it.
  • His biggest fear was to lose his hearing.
  • Ray believed that blind people do not have to pay any tax.
  • B'nai Brith named him "Man of the Year" in 1976.
  • Ray has inspired many blind musicians to achieve their musical career.
  • His feature film titled "Ray" (2004) was finished at the time of his death.
  • He drove without assistance on a car commercial.
  • In 1994, Ray received the Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind.
  • Ray stopped writing his own music around the late 60s.
  • A Laboratory For Auditory Research was established in Ray name for his contributions to Ear International.
  • Ma Beck was the one who gave Ray support over his brother and mother's death.
  • Ray did series of Diet Pepsi commercials which debuted in 1990.