1. In 2015, Ray Charles was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame.
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8. Ray Charles was arrested again on a narcotics charge on November 14, 1961, while waiting in an Indiana hotel room before a performance.
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12. Ray Charles was not in town for the birth because he was playing a show in Texas.
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14. Ray Charles died at his home in Beverly Hills, California of complications resulting from acute liver disease, on June 10, 2004, at the age of 73.
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15. In 2003, Ray Charles performed "Georgia on My Mind" and "America the Beautiful" at a televised annual banquet of electronic media journalists held in Washington, DC His final public appearance was on April 30, 2004, at the dedication of his music studio as a historic landmark in Los Angeles.
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17. Ray Charles reached the pinnacle of his success at Atlantic with the release of "What'd I Say", which combined gospel, jazz, blues and Latin music.
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19. Ray Charles recorded jazz, such as The Great Ray Charles and worked with vibraphonist Milt Jackson, releasing Soul Brothers in 1958 and Soul Meeting in 1961.
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21. In 1947, Ray Charles moved to Tampa, where he had two jobs: one as a pianist for Charles Brantley's Honeydippers.
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24. Ray Charles decided to leave Jacksonville and move to a bigger city with more opportunities.
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26. Ray Charles cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was influenced by Louis Jordan and Charles Brown.
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