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Ray Charles Robinson
The Genius of Soul
The High Priest
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"Hit The Road Jack" Single
(1976) Print ads: Craig Powerplay Car Stereo systems
(1985-86) Print ads: Pioneer's LaserDisc video system
(early 1990s) TV commercial (Japan only): Honda autos
(1988-89) TV commercials (voiceovers, w/The Temptations): California Raisins
(early 1990s) TV commercial: Diet Pepsi
(2003) TV commercial: Georgia state lottery
(2002) Radio commercial: for milk ad campaign, singing and piano playing
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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion.
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