Ray Charles Briography

Timeline created by Ray Charles
  • Was born

    Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia. He was the son of Aretha Williams and Bailey Robinson. His mother worked in the area of agriculture, and also washed clothes to pay bills, and his father was a railroad repair man, mechanic and handyman
  • Death of Brother

    In 1935, Charles saw his older brother drowned in the bathtub
  • Blindness

    After the death of his brother Charles started to lose vision.Due to an illness (probably rubeola) which worsened Ray Charles began to have affected his vision. His parents tried to treat the boy, but the doctors found were white and none of them agreed to help.
  • Was enrolled in school for the deaf and blind

    Ray Charles's mother enrolled him in school for the blind and deaf Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine. Where he began to develop his musical talent
  • Death of his mother and early career

    At age 15, after the death of his mother, Charles moved to Jacksonville, and marked the beginning of his career
  • He left school for the deaf and blind

    He left Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine.
  • Change and Addiction

    At 16 Charles moved to Seattle.When he began to indulge in heroin
  • First Single

    First Single
    Held its first single, with the Maxin Trio, called "Confession Blues"
  • First marriage

    He married Eileen Williams, with whom he had a son.
  • First divorce

    Divorced his first wife
  • Contract

    Contract
    In 1953 Charles signed a contract with Atlantic Records, starting his solo career with the single "Mess Around."
  • Stop Success

    The song "I Got a Woman," which was already considered a classic, achieved first place the R & B charts.
  • He married for the second time

    Casou-se pela segunda vez com uma mulher chamada Della Beatrice Howard.
  • Grammy Award

     Grammy Award
    He won his first Grammy Award with "Georgia on My Mind," Followed by another Grammy for the single "Hit the Road, Jack."
  • Country and Western Music

    Country and Western Music
    Released the album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. On this album, he gave his own interpretations of many country classics.
  • Heroin

    Was arrested for possession
  • Divorced his wife

    Divorced from his second marriage in which he had three children.
  • Back to success

    Back to success
    In the early 90s, Ray Charles back in the spotlight making appearances in the commercial of Pepsi-Cola and also recorded along with other famous singers like Michael Jackson song We are the World organization for USA for Africa.
  • Ray Charles cancels his tour for the first time

    He had to cancel his tour due to a hip replacement surgery, thereafter realized that Charles was suffering from a liver disease.
  • Death

    Ray Charles died in 2004 at his home in Beverly Hills, California along with their families.
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    Was enrolled in school for the deaf and blind

    Ray Charles's mother enrolled him in school for the blind and deaf Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine
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    Successes and further successes

    In this period Charles spawned a series of hits like - Yes, Indeed, Hallelujah, I Love Her So, Drown In My Own Tears and Night Time Is The Right Time.