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Ray Charles Trivia
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- 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)
- 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.