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Ray Charles - American Musical Legend
"Sadly, American musical legend Ray Charles passed away in June of 2004, but not before leaving behind a wonderful music career spanning nearly six decades. This quiz explores Ray's biography...let's celebrate him together!"
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Ray was born on September 23, 1930 to parents Aretha and Baily in Albany, Georgia. Was Ray Charles his full name at birth?
For fans of Ray Charles, one of the most striking aspects of his career was the fact that he lacked the power of sight. Is it true that Ray was born blind?
As a youth, Ray Charles was fortunate to have been accepted into a school in Florida for blind and deaf children. What was the name of this learning institution?
In 1948, Ray made an important move in his early career when he left the south (where he had been traveling and performing) for what city on the west coast of the United States?
What was the name of the musical trio formed by Ray and some of his friends in 1948?
The Ray Charles Trio
Which 1951 song was Ray's first top ten R&B hit single?
A Fool for You
The Things That I Used to Do
Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
I Can't Stop Loving You
By 1952, after several recordings with smaller record labels, Ray Charles signed a deal with which bigtime musical production company?
Because of Ray's reputation for composing and memorizing music in his head, by which of the following nicknames was he known?
Ray did not score his first number one hit on the R&B music chart until the year 1955, when he hit the big time with which of these singles?
One Mint Julip
Kiss Me Baby
I've Got a Woman
Drown in My Own Tears
Which of these classic Ray Charles hits was his first to go number one on the Billboard pop chart?
What'd I Say
Georgia on My Mind
Hit the Road Jack
You are My Sunshine
Ray Charles was a multiple Grammy Award winner during his long musical career. In what year did Ray win his first set of Grammy Awards (four in that year)?
Ray Charles was a very eclectic musician, even hitting the top ten in the Billboard country music charts at various times.
One of my favorite Ray Charles moments was his cameo appearance in the 1980 film 'The Blues Brothers'. What is the name of the song that Ray performs (with the help of the Blues Brothers) in that film?
Gimme Some Lovin'
Shake Your Tailfeather
Let the Good Times Roll
Which of these is not true about Ray Charles' career?
Ray was awarded a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame
Ray participated in the 1984 USA for Africa performance of 'We are the World'
Ray has been inducted into several musical halls of fame, including the Blues Foundation, Blues, Grammy and Jazz
In 1967 Ray was awarded an Oscar for Best Song for the film 'In The Heat of the Night'
Ray Charles entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as a charter member.
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