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Ray Charles' last recording, Genius Loves Company,  has sold more than two million copies and was named album of the year and best pop vocal album at this year's Grammy Awards Ceremonies.  At the time of his death on June 10, 2004 Charles had received twelve Grammys.  This year's eight posthumous awards brought the number to twenty, including best pop vocal album. Genius Loves Company, which is a collection of duets and features Norah Jones and Ray performing Ray's song Here We Go Again which won record of the year and best pop vocal collaboration.

Ray Charles' legendary career spanned six decades and he appeared on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall to The Grand Ole Opry. Charles  was considered a genius and the father of soul long before James Brown.  He brought his unique and soulful expression to all musical genres including, blues, jazz, gospel, ballads, even country & western as evidenced by his landmark 1962 album,, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, which  topped the charts for three and a half months and led to the subsequent second volume later that year. 

Throughout the fifties and sixties Charles churned out one hit recording after another including,  I Got A Woman,  Hit The Road Jack, I Can't Stop Loving You, Crying Time and Living for the City.  All of which won Grammy Awards.  Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982, Charles has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has received three Lifetime Achievement Awards, appeared in the 1980  film, The Blues Brothers and made  numerous television appearances, including, "A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.~A Celebration of His Life"  Actor, Jamie Fox has been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Charles in the hit movie Ray.

In his autobiography Charles remarked, "I was born with music inside me.  That's the only explanation I know of.  Music was one of my parts, like my blood.  It was a force already with me when I arrived on the scene.  It was a necessity for me, like food or water.  Music is nothing separate from me.  It is me...You'd have to remove the music surgically."  Ray Charles had an extraordinary gift and remarkable life.  As his music lives on...so does he.

 

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