Ray Charles: The Father of Soul

With hits such as ‘Georgia on my mind’ and ‘Hit the road Jack’, Ray Charles is widely known for his exuberant 50s soul music.

Having lived blind from the age of 7, not only did he learn to read, write and arrange music in braille, but he also learned to play piano, organ, sax, clarinet and trumpet. Not to mention a vocal range of 3 octaves!

Not only did he manage to seamlessly blend different genres of rhythm and blues and gospel – but also country and even pop music in the 1960s.

He was also one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company – which was an unheard of amount of creative freedom in the day.

So it is with some boldness that I would like to suggest that his greatest achievement was not his musical genius but rather his legacy to the birth of rock and roll.

Here’s a clip from 1960 of Ray Charles songs singing ‘What I’d say’ – which gives you a great sense of his ability to crossover musical genres. Plus the crowd is as entertaining as the performance.

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