Often referred to as “The Genius”, Ray Charles was a gift to the music industry. He was blind from the age of seven, however, he didn’t let his disability hold him back. He pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s and went on to become one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company. He was revered by not only fans, but even big names in the entertainment business.

Frank Sinatra called Ray Charles “the only true genius in show business,” although Charles downplayed this notion. In 2008, Charles was ranked number two Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Billy Joel observed, “This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley”. Given his incredible talent and sweet nature, it comes as no surprise that he was loved by millions all around the world.

Featured in the video below is Charles’ rendition of “Hit The Road Jack”. Written by Percy Mayfield in 1960, the song became famous when it was covered by Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist, Margie Hendrix, in 1961. The song won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. “Hit The Road Jack” is ranked number 387 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

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