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Ray Charles

Data di nascita: 23. Settembre 1930
Data di morte: 10. Giugno 2004

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Ray Charles Robinson è stato un cantante e pianista statunitense, considerato uno dei pionieri della musica soul, nonché uno dei musicisti più importanti di tutti i tempi.

Perse completamente la vista all'età di otto anni a causa di un tracoma. Seppe coniugare sonorità diverse, dal rhythm and blues alla musica country, dal Vocal jazz al piano blues fino al soul blues.

Il brano Georgia on My Mind è stato il suo più grande successo. Nel 1990 partecipò, classificandosi al secondo posto, al Festival di Sanremo dove interpretò in coppia con Toto Cutugno la canzone Gli amori. Il suo ultimo contributo alla musica è stato la produzione di un disco di duetti con B.B. King, Elton John, Norah Jones e Johnny Mathis. The Genius - come era stato soprannominato per il suo straordinario talento artistico, nel 1980 apparve nel film The Blues Brothers. Frank Sinatra lo chiamò "l'unico vero genio del business".

Nel 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine lo nominò 10º tra i 100 più grandi artisti di tutti i tempi e 2º nella classifica del 2008 dei 100 più grandi cantanti di sempre.

Il sopra citato brano Georgia on My Mind - assieme ad altri motivi come I Can't Stop Loving You, Unchain My Heart, Hit the Road Jack - gli sono valsi tredici Grammy.

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„Music is nothing separate from me. It is me.“

— Ray Charles
Context: Music is nothing separate from me. It is me. I can't retire from music any more than I can retire from my liver. You'd have to remove the music from me surgically — like you were taking out my appendix. Little Bit of Soul p. 307

„Do it right or don't do it at all.“

— Ray Charles
Context: Do it right or don't do it at all. That comes from my mom. If there's something I want to do, I'm one of those people that won't be satisfied until I get it done. If I'm trying to sing something and I can't get it, I'm going to keep at it until I get where I want it. Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1998)

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„You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit — just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can.“

— Ray Charles
Context: Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women. Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap. But sex is something else. I'm not sure that there can ever be too much sex. To me, it's another one of our daily requirements — like eating. If I go twenty-four hours without it, I get hungry. Sex needs to be open and fun, free and happy. It's whatever you make it, and I try my hardest to create situations where me and my woman can enjoy ourselves — all of ourselves — without our inhibitions getting in the way. You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit — just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can. For the Love of Women, p. 239

„Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.“

— Ray Charles
Context: Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women. Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap. But sex is something else. I'm not sure that there can ever be too much sex. To me, it's another one of our daily requirements — like eating. If I go twenty-four hours without it, I get hungry. Sex needs to be open and fun, free and happy. It's whatever you make it, and I try my hardest to create situations where me and my woman can enjoy ourselves — all of ourselves — without our inhibitions getting in the way. You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit — just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can. For the Love of Women, p. 239

„I was born with music inside me.“

— Ray Charles
Context: I was born with music inside me. That's the only explanation I know of, since none of my relatives could sing or play an instrument. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me — like food or water. Home, p. 8

„I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal.“

— Ray Charles
Context: Music has been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead. I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal. As quoted "Words of the Week" in Jet magazine, Vol. 64, No. 6 (25 April 1983), p. 40

„Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together.“

— Ray Charles
Context: Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine. That's how my band made it. We swam through a lot of shit together, we swallowed a lot of pride, but we managed to do what we needed to do. Roughing It, p. 155

„But now if I can wrap myself up in that song, and when that song gets to be a part of me, and affects me emotionally, then the emotions that I go through, chances are I’ll be able to communicate to you. Make the people out there become a part of the life of this song that you’re singing about. That’s soul when you can do that. [http://interview. sweetsearch. com/2010/11/ray-charles. html]“

— Ray Charles
"A symposium on soul", Pop Chronicles, Show 15: [http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/partners/UNTML/browse/?start=14&fq=untl_collection%3AJGPC The Soul Reformation], interview [http://web.archive.org/web/20100116003442/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/index-to-interviews recorded 3.8.1968].

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„You better live every day like your last because one day you're going to be right.“

— Ray Charles
As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk (2007) by Larry Chang and Roderick Terry, p. 365

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„Rhythm and blues used to be called race music. … This music was going on for years, but nobody paid any attention to it.“

— Ray Charles
Pop Chronicles: [http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19838/m1/ Show 55 - Crammer: A lively cram course on the history of rock and some other things], interview [http://web.archive.org/web/20100116003442/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/index-to-interviews recorded 3.8.1968].

„Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you.
Georgia, oh Georgia, no peace I find...
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind.“

— Ray Charles
Though renditions by Ray Charles are among the most popular and famous, the lyrics of "Georgia On My Mind" (1930) were written by Stuart Gorrell and the music by Hoagy Carmichael.

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