Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of Black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis and Billie Holiday. He was also a superb keyboard player, arranger, and bandleader. The brilliance of his 1950s and '60s work, however, can't obscure the fact that he made few classic tracks after the mid-'60s, though he recorded often and performed until the year before his death. Blind since the age of six (from glaucoma), Charles studied ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Ray Charles [Atlantic] 1957 Ray Charles [Atlantic] Atlantic / Rhino
 
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Soul Brothers 1957 Soul Brothers Atlantic
 
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The Great Ray Charles 1957 The Great Ray Charles Rhino / Atlantic / WEA
 
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Ray Charles at Newport 1958 Ray Charles at Newport Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / WEA International
 
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Yes Indeed! 1958 Yes Indeed! Warner Music
 
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Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman 1958 Fathead: Ray Charles Presents David Newman Atlantic Jazz Masters / Rhino
 
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The Genius of Ray Charles 1959 The Genius of Ray Charles Rhino / Atlantic
 
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What'd I Say 1959 What'd I Say Atlantic
 
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Ray Charles in Person 1960 Ray Charles in Person Atlantic
 
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Genius + Soul = Jazz 1960 Genius + Soul = Jazz Analog Productions Originals
 
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The Genius Hits the Road 1960 The Genius Hits the Road Concord
 
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Ray Charles Sextet 1960 Ray Charles Sextet
 
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Dedicated to You 1961 Dedicated to You Concord
 
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The Genius Sings the Blues 1961 The Genius Sings the Blues Atlantic
 
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Do the Twist with Ray Charles! 1961 Do the Twist with Ray Charles! Atlantic
 
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter 1961 Ray Charles & Betty Carter Analog Productions Originals
 
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The Genius After Hours 1961 The Genius After Hours Wrong
 
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Soul Meeting 1961 Soul Meeting Atlantic
 
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Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music 1962 Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Rhino
 
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Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2 1962 Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2 Hallmark / Hallmark Music & Entertainment
 
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Spotlight on Ray Charles 1962 Spotlight on Ray Charles Design
 
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Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul 1963 Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul DCC Compact Classics
 
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Sweet & Sour Tears 1964 Sweet & Sour Tears Rhino
 
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Have a Smile with Me 1964 Have a Smile with Me Concord
 
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Live in Concert 1965 Live in Concert Concord
 
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Country & Western Meets Rhythm & Blues 1965 Country & Western Meets Rhythm & Blues Concord
 
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Crying Time 1966 Crying Time Concord / Universal
 
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Ray's Moods 1966 Ray's Moods Concord / Universal
 
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A Man & His Soul 1967 A Man & His Soul
 
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Ray Charles Invites You to Listen 1967 Ray Charles Invites You to Listen Concord
 
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I'm All Yours-Baby! 1969 I'm All Yours-Baby! Concord
 
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Doing His Thing 1969 Doing His Thing Concord
 
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My Kind of Jazz 1970 My Kind of Jazz Concord / Universal
 
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Love Country Style 1970 Love Country Style Concord
 
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Volcanic Action of My Soul 1971 Volcanic Action of My Soul Concord
 
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A Message from the People 1972 A Message from the People Concord
 
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Through the Eyes of Love 1972 Through the Eyes of Love Concord
 
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Presents the Raelettes 1972 Presents the Raelettes Tangerine Records
 
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Genius in Concert L.A. 1973 Genius in Concert L.A. BluesWay
 
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My Kind of Jazz, Pt. 2 1973 My Kind of Jazz, Pt. 2 Concord
 
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Come Live with Me 1974 Come Live with Me Concord
 
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Renaissance 1975 Renaissance Concord
 
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My Kind of Jazz, Pt. 3 1975 My Kind of Jazz, Pt. 3 Concord
 
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Live in Japan 1975 Live in Japan Concord
 
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Porgy & Bess 1976 Porgy & Bess Classic Records / Classics
 
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True to Life 1977 True to Life Concord
 
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Love & Peace 1978 Love & Peace
 
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Ain't It So 1979 Ain't It So Concord / Universal
 
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Brother Ray Is at It Again 1980 Brother Ray Is at It Again
 
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Wish You Were Here Tonight 1983 Wish You Were Here Tonight Columbia
 
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Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? 1984 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? Concord
 
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Friendship 1984 Friendship Columbia
 
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The Spirit of Christmas 1985 The Spirit of Christmas Rhino
 
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From the Pages of My Mind 1986 From the Pages of My Mind Concord
 
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Just Between Us 1988 Just Between Us Concord
 
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Would You Believe? 1990 Would You Believe? Warner Bros.
 
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My World 1993 My World Warner Bros.
 
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Strong Love Affair 1996 Strong Love Affair Qwest / Warner Bros.
 
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Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again 2002 Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again Crossover
 
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Bringing Love Again: Ellie My Love 2002 Bringing Love Again: Ellie My Love JVC Japan
 
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Genius Loves Company 2004 Genius Loves Company Concord Jazz
 
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Ray [Original Soundtrack] 2004 Ray [Original Soundtrack] Atlantic / Rhino / Warner Bros.
 
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Genius & Friends 2005 Genius & Friends Atlantic / Rhino
 
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Plays Ray Charles Plays Ray Charles Frémeaux & Associés
 
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